ravelin

noun
rave·lin | \ ˈravlə̇n \
plural -s

Definition of ravelin 

: a detached work formerly used in fortifications and consisting of two embankments forming a salient angle in front of the curtain of the fortified position

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History and Etymology for ravelin

Middle French, from Old Italian ravellino, alteration of rivellino, diminutive of riva bank, from Latin ripa

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