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A French castle tower with machicolations
 
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EtymologyEdit

From French mâchicoulis.

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  • IPA(key): /məˌtʃɪ.kəˈleɪ.ʃən/

NounEdit

machicolation (countable and uncountable, plural machicolations)

  1. An opening between corbels that support a projecting parapet; an opening in the floor of a gallery or the roof of a portal, from which missiles can be shot or dropped upon assailants attacking the base of the walls; the construction of such defenses.
  2. The act of discharging missiles or pouring burning or melted substances upon assailants through such apertures.

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