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counterscarp

[koun-ter-skahrp] /ˈkaʊn tərˌskɑrp/
noun, Fortification.
1.
the exterior slope or wall of the ditch of a fort, supporting the covered way.
Origin of counterscarp
1565-1575
1565-75; counter- + scarp (modeled on Italian contrascarpa); replacing counterscarfe, with scarfe obsolete variant of scarp
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counterscarp

/ˈkaʊntəˌskɑːp/
noun
1.
(fortifications) the outer side of the ditch of a fort Compare escarp (sense 1)
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