Variant of cheval-de-frise
noun pl. chevaux-de-frise
- 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: Fr < cheval, a horse + de, of + Frise, Friesland: first used by Frisians, who lacked cavalry, against Spaniards
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