martello tower

noun, often capitalized M
mar·tel·lo tower | \ mär-ˈte-lō- \

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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