[ ter-pleyn, ter-uh- ]
/ ˈtɛrˌpleɪn, ˈtɛr ə- /

noun Fortification.

the top platform or horizontal surface of a rampart where guns are mounted.

Origin of terreplein

1585–95; < French < Italian terrapieno, derivative of terrapienare to fill with earth; see terra, plenum
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/ (ˈtɛəˌpleɪn) /


the top of a rampart where guns are placed behind the parapet
an embankment with a level top surface

Word Origin for terreplein

C16: from French, from Medieval Latin phrase terrā plēnus filled with earth
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