machicolation


ma·chic·o·la·tion

noun \mə-ˌchi-kə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of MACHICOLATION

1
a :  an opening between the corbels of a projecting parapet or in the floor of a gallery or roof of a portal for discharging missiles upon assailants below — see battlement illustration
b :  a gallery or parapet containing such openings
2
:  construction imitating medieval machicolation
ma·chic·o·lat·ed \mə-ˈchi-kə-ˌlā-təd\ adjective

Origin of MACHICOLATION

Medieval Latin machicolare to furnish with machicolations, from Middle French machicoller, from machicoleis machicolation, from macher to crush + col neck, from Latin collum — more at collar
First Known Use: 1787

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