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machicolate

[ muh-chik-uh-leyt ]
/ məˈtʃɪk əˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), ma·chic·o·lat·ed, ma·chic·o·lat·ing.
to provide with machicolations.
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Origin of machicolate

First recorded in 1765–75; from Medieval Latin machecoll(um), a Latinization of unattested 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 origin) + col “neck, collar”) + -ate1; compare late Middle English machecollyd “machicolated”; see collar
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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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