casemate

[keys-meyt]
noun
  1. an armored enclosure for guns in a warship.
  2. a vault or chamber, especially in a rampart, with embrasures for artillery.

Origin of casemate

1565–75; < Middle French < Old Italian casamatta, alteration (by folk etymology) of Greek chásmata embrasures, literally, openings, plural of chásma chasm
Related formscase·mat·ed, adjectiveun·case·mat·ed, adjective
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casemate

noun
  1. an armoured compartment in a ship or fortification in which guns are mounted
Derived Formscasemated, adjective

Word Origin for casemate

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