machicolate

[ muh-chik-uh-leyt ]
/ məˈtʃɪk əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), ma·chic·o·lat·ed, ma·chic·o·lat·ing.

to provide with machicolations.

Nearby words

  1. machete,
  2. machi chips,
  3. machiavelli,
  4. machiavelli, niccolò,
  5. machiavellian,
  6. machicolation,
  7. machida,
  8. machilid,
  9. machilipatnam,
  10. machinable

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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British Dictionary definitions for machicolate

machicolate

/ (məˈtʃɪkəʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(tr) to construct machicolations at the top of (a wall)

Word Origin for machicolate

C18: from Old French machicoller, ultimately from Provençal machacol, from macar to crush + col neck

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