martello tower

noun

mar·​tel·​lo tower mär-ˈte-lō- How to pronounce martello tower (audio)
often capitalized M
: a circular masonry fort or blockhouse

Word History

Etymology

Cape Mortella, Corsica

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of martello tower was in 1803

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Cite this Entry

“Martello tower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/martello%20tower. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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