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Meaning of MACHICOLATION

Pronunciation:  mu`chiku'leyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a projecting parapet supported by corbels on a medieval castle; has openings through which stones or boiling water could be dropped on an enemy
 

MACHICOLATION is a 13 letter word that starts with M.

 

 See Also: breastwork, parapet

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mach`i*co*la"tion\, n. [Cf. LL. machicolamentum,
machacolladura, F. m[^a]chicolis, m[^a]checoulis; perh. fr.
F. m[`e]che match, combustible matter + OF. coulis, couleis,
flowing, fr. OF. & F. couler to flow. Cf. {Match} for making
fire, and {Cullis}.]
1. (Mil. Arch.) An opening between the corbels which support
   a projecting parapet, or in the floor of a gallery or the
   roof of a portal, shooting or dropping missiles upen
   assailants attacking the base of the walls. Also, the
   construction of such defenses, in general, when of this
   character. See Illusts. of {Battlement} and {Castle}.

2. The act of discharging missiles or pouring burning or
   melted substances upon assailants through such apertures.

 

 

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