Variant of brattice
- Historical a temporary breastwork or parapet put up during a siege
- Mining a partition of wood, creosote-impregnated cloth, etc., used to control the flow of fresh air that is pumped into the mine
Origin: ME bretice, bretasce < OFr bretesche, wooden tower < ML brittisca; prob. < OHG brittissa, lattice, balcony < bret, board
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