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chevaux-de-frise

[shuh-voh-duh-freez]
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  1. plural of cheval-de-frise.
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cheval-de-frise

[shuh-val-duh-freez]
noun, plural che·vaux-de-frise [shuh-voh-duh-freez] /ʃəˈvoʊ dəˈfriz/. Usually chevaux-de-frise.
  1. a portable obstacle, usually a sawhorse, covered with projecting spikes or barbed wire, for military use in closing a passage, breaking in a defensive wall, etc.
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Origin of cheval-de-frise

1680–90; < French; literally, horse of Friesland, so called because first used by Frisians
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cheval-de-frise

noun plural chevaux-de-frise (ʃəˌvəʊdəˈfriːz)
  1. a portable barrier of spikes, sword blades, etc, used to obstruct the passage of cavalry
  2. a row of spikes or broken glass set as an obstacle on top of a wall
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Word Origin

C17: from French, literally: horse from Friesland (where it was first used)
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