- to provide with machicolations.
Origin of machicolate
1765–75; < Medieval Latin machecoll(um), a Latinization of Middle French *machecol literally, (it) breaks (the) neck (from the use of such openings to drop projectiles on an ascending attacker; mache, 3rd singular present of macher to beat, break, bruise (apparently of expressive orig.) + col neck (see collar)) + -ate1; compare late Middle English machecollyd machicolated
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- (tr) to construct machicolations at the top of (a wall)
C18: from Old French machicoller, ultimately from Provençal machacol, from macar to crush + col neck