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portcullis

noun port·cul·lis \prt-ˈkə-ləs\

: a heavy iron gate that can be raised or lowered at the entrance to a castle

Full Definition of PORTCULLIS

:  a grating of iron hung over the gateway of a fortified place and lowered between grooves to prevent passage
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Origin of PORTCULLIS

Middle English port colice, from Anglo-French porte coliz, literally, sliding door
First Known Use: 14th century

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PORTCULLIS Defined for Kids

portcullis

noun port·cul·lis \prt-ˈkə-ləs\

Definition of PORTCULLIS for Kids

:  a heavy iron gate that can be lowered to prevent entrance (as to a castle)

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