- (in a battlement) the solid part between two crenels.
Origin of merlon
Examples from the Web for merlon
Historical Examples of merlon
Then, making one end fast to a merlon, he slid down after her.The Devil in Iron
Robert E. Howard
Simon pulled on one end of the rope, and it snaked around the merlon and came rippling down to him.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
The same is also found in Italian battlements, where the merlon is of much greater height and is capped in a peculiar fashion.
Friar Jerome, armed with an enormous mace, mounted on a merlon, felled all who came within his reach.Annals of a Fortress
- fortifications the solid upright section in a crenellated battlement
Word Origin for merlon
"solid part of a battlement," 1704, from French merlon (17c.), from Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo "battlement," perhaps a contraction of mergola, diminutive of Latin mergae "two-pronged pitchfork."