merlon

[ mur-luh n ]
/ ˈmɜr lən /
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noun

(in a battlement) the solid part between two crenels.

Nearby words

  1. merle,
  2. merleau-ponty,
  3. merleau-ponty, maurice,
  4. merlin,
  5. merlo,
  6. merlot,
  7. mermaid,
  8. mermaid tavern,
  9. mermaid weed,
  10. mermaid's purse

Origin of merlon

1695–1705; < French < Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo (in plural, merli battlements) < ?

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British Dictionary definitions for merlons

merlon

/ (ˈmɜːlən) /

noun

fortifications the solid upright section in a crenellated battlement

Word Origin for merlon

C18: from French, from Italian merlone, from merlo battlement

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Word Origin and History for merlons

merlon

n.

"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."

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