noun pl. chevaux-de-frise
Origin: Fr < cheval, a horse + de, of + Frise, Friesland: first used by Frisians, who lacked cavalry, against Spaniards
See cheval-de-frise in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. che·vaux-de-frise (shə-vōˌ-)
Origin: French, Frisian horse (from its use in Friesland to compensate for a lack of cavalry)
Origin: : cheval, horse
Origin: + de, of
Origin: + Frise, Friesland.