plural -s
: 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

Word History


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

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“Ravelin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravelin. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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