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Martello tower

or martello tower

[ mahr-tel-oh ]
/ mɑrˈtɛl oʊ /
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noun Fortification.

a circular, towerlike fort with guns on the top.

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Also called martello, Martello.

Origin of Martello tower

Named after Cape Mortella, Corsica, where a tower of this kind was taken by British forces in 1794
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British Dictionary definitions for Martello tower

Martello tower

Martello

/ (mɑːˈtɛləʊ) /

noun

a small circular tower for coastal defence, formerly much used in Europe
C18: after Cape Mortella in Corsica, where the British navy captured a tower of this type in 1794
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