zwing·​er | \ˈtsfiŋə(r), ˈtsvi-\
plural -s

Definition of zwinger 

: a fortress protecting a city

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History and Etymology for zwinger

German, from Middle High German twinger, zwinger one that forces or constrains, narrow space between the wall of a castle and the outer walls, from twingen, dwingen to press, oppress, from Old High German dwingan

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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