- an obstacle, usually a piece of wood with projecting spikes, formerly used to hinder enemy horsemen
- a row of spikes or jagged glass set into the masonry on top of a wall to prevent escape or trespassing
Origin of cheval-de-friseFrench from cheval, a horse + de, of + Frise, Friesland: first used by Frisians, who lacked cavalry, against Spaniards
- An obstacle made of stakes or spikes attached to a log, wooden frame, or metal drum and used to block enemy advancement or prevent unauthorized access.
- A line of jagged glass or spikes set into masonry on top of a wall.
Origin of cheval-de-friseFrench Frisian horse (from its use in Friesland to compensate for a lack of cavalry) cheval horse de of Frise Friesland
c. 1861-1865 cheval-de-frise
(plural chevaux de frise)