cheval-de-frise

noun
che·​val-de-frise | \ shə-ˌval-də-ˈfrēz How to pronounce cheval-de-frise (audio) \
plural chevaux-de-frise\ shə-​ˌvō-​də-​ˈfrēz How to pronounce chevaux-de-frise (audio) \

Definition of cheval-de-frise

1 : a defense consisting typically of a timber or an iron barrel covered with projecting spikes and often strung with barbed wire
2 : a protecting line (as of spikes) on top of a wall usually used in plural

First Known Use of cheval-de-frise

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cheval-de-frise

French, literally, horse from Friesland

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“Cheval-de-frise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheval-de-frise. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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