ma·​chic·​o·​la·​tion | \ mə-ˌchi-kə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce machicolation (audio) \

Definition of machicolation

1a : 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 : construction imitating medieval machicolation

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machicolated \ mə-​ˈchi-​kə-​ˌlā-​təd How to pronounce machicolation (audio) \ adjective

Examples of machicolation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your feudal lord did not have a range of mottes, baileys, bartizans, drawbridges, dungeons, machicolations and turrets to choose from. A-LIST, "Stephen Bayley: Why Taste is the Greatest Taboo," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of machicolation

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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“Machicolation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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