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machicolation

[ muh-chik-uh-ley-shuhn ]

noun

, Architecture.
  1. an opening in the floor between the corbels of a projecting gallery or parapet, as on a wall or in the vault of a passage, through which missiles, molten lead, etc., might be cast upon an enemy beneath.
  2. a projecting gallery or parapet with such openings.


machicolation

/ məˌtʃɪkəʊˈleɪʃən /

noun

  1. (esp in medieval castles) a projecting gallery or parapet supported on corbels having openings through which missiles could be dropped
  2. any such opening


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Word History and Origins

Origin of machicolation1

First recorded in 1780–90; machicolate + -ion
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Example Sentences

It was therefore superseded ere long by the use of machicolation, where a projecting stone gallery replaced the woodwork.

Another machicolation (I) opened from the roof in front of the second portcullis and second door.

This wooden story probably formed the bell chamber; the machicolation-like supports still existed in 1781.

Gables were furnished with crow-steps, while machicolation became at times almost fantastic.

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