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noun Fortification.
  1. 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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  1. fortifications an outwork having two embankments at a salient angle
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Word Origin

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