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machicolate

[ muh-chik-uh-leyt ]
/ m蓹藞t蕛瑟k 蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ma路chic路o路lat路ed, ma路chic路o路lat路ing.
to provide with machicolations.
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Origin of machicolate

First recorded in 1765鈥75; from Medieval Latin machecoll(um), a Latinization of unattested Middle French machecol literally, 鈥(it) breaks (the) neck鈥 (from the use of such openings to drop projectiles on an ascending attacker; mache, 3rd singular present of macher 鈥渢o beat, break, bruise鈥 (apparently of expressive origin) + col 鈥渘eck, collar鈥) + -ate1; compare late Middle English machecollyd 鈥渕achicolated鈥; see collar
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British Dictionary definitions for machicolate

machicolate
/ (m蓹藞t蕛瑟k蓹蕣藢le瑟t) /

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

Word Origin for machicolate

C18: from Old French machicoller, ultimately from Proven莽al machacol, from macar to crush + col neck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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