chevaux-de-frise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Plural of cheval-de-frise.
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: French ; from cheval, a horse plush de, of plush Frise, Friesland: first used by Frisians, who lacked cavalry, against Spaniards