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ravelin

[ rav-lin ]
/ ˈræv lɪn /
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noun Fortification.
a V-shaped outwork outside the main ditch and covering the works between two bastions.
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Origin of ravelin

1580–90; <Middle French, earlier revelin<Italian rivellino, diminutive of riva bank, rim

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British Dictionary definitions for ravelin

ravelin
/ (ˈrævlɪn) /

noun
fortifications an outwork having two embankments at a salient angle

Word Origin for ravelin

C16: from Italian ravellino a little bank, from riva bank, from Latin rīpa
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