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Meaning of BARBICAN

Pronunciation:  'bârbukun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a tower that is part of a defensive structure (such as a castle)

BARBICAN is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: barbacan
 See Also: tower



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bar"bi*can\, Barbacan \Bar"ba*can\, n. [OE. barbican,
barbecan, F. barbacane, LL. barbacana, barbicana, of
uncertain origin: cf. Ar. barbakh aqueduct, sewer. F.
barbacane also means, an opening to let out water, loophole.]
1. (Fort.) A tower or advanced work defending the entrance to
   a castle or city, as at a gate or bridge. It was often
   large and strong, having a ditch and drawbridge of its

2. An opening in the wall of a fortress, through which
   missiles were discharged upon an enemy.

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