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Machicolation

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(1):

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

(2):

(n.) 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.


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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Machicolation'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/web/m/machicolation.html. 1828.

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