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Martello tower

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[mahr-tel-oh]
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noun Fortification.
  1. a circular, towerlike fort with guns on the top.

Origin of Martello tower

named after Cape Mortella, Corsica, where a tower of this kind was taken by British forces in 1794
Also called martel·lo, Martel·lo.
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British Dictionary definitions for martello tower

Martello tower

Martello

noun
  1. a small circular tower for coastal defence, formerly much used in Europe

Word Origin

C18: after Cape Mortella in Corsica, where the British navy captured a tower of this type in 1794
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