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variants or less commonly crenelle
plural -s
: one of the embrasures alternating with merlons in a battlement


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transitive verb

creneled or crenelled; creneled or crenelled; creneling or crenelling
; crenels

Word History



Middle French crenel, from Old French, diminutive of cren notch, from crener to notch, from Medieval Latin crenare, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin crinare to split, perhaps of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish criathar sieve; akin to Greek krinein to separate

Transitive verb

French créneler, from Old French creneler, from crenel

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“Crenel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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