martello tower

noun, often capitalized M
mar·​tel·​lo tower | \ mär-ˈte-lō- How to pronounce martello tower (audio) \

Definition of martello tower

: a circular masonry fort or blockhouse

First Known Use of martello tower

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for martello tower

Cape Mortella, Corsica

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“Martello tower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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