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machicolation

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noun ma·chic·o·la·tion \mə-ˌchi-kə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of machicolation

  1. 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. 2 :  construction imitating medieval machicolation

ma·chic·o·lat·ed play \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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