cheval-de-frise

noun che·val-de-frise \ shə-ˌval-də-ˈfrēz \

Definition of cheval-de-frise

plural chevaux-de-frise play \shə-ˌvō-\
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

Origin and Etymology of cheval-de-frise

French, literally, horse from Friesland


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