casemate

[ keys-meyt ]
/ ˈkeɪsˌmeɪt /

noun

an armored enclosure for guns in a warship.
a vault or chamber, especially in a rampart, with embrasures for artillery.

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Origin of casemate

1565–75; <Middle French <Old Italian casamatta, alteration (by folk etymology) of Greek chásmata embrasures, literally, openings, plural of chásmachasm

OTHER WORDS FROM casemate

casemated, adjectiveun·case·mat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for casemate

casemate
/ (ˈkeɪsˌmeɪt) /

noun

an armoured compartment in a ship or fortification in which guns are mounted

Derived forms of casemate

casemated, adjective

Word Origin for casemate

C16: from French, from Italian casamatta, perhaps from Greek khasmata apertures, plural of khasma chasm
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