Origin of portcullisMiddle English portcoles ; from Middle French porte coleïce ; from porte, gate + coleïce, feminine of coleis, sliding ; from Classical Latin colare, to strain, filter
Origin of portcullisMiddle English port-colice, from Old French porte coleice, sliding gate : porte, gate (from Latin porta; see per-2 in Indo-European roots) + coleice, feminine of coleis, sliding (from Vulgar Latin *cōlātīcius, from Latin cōlātus, past participle of cōlāre, to filter, strain, from cōlum, sieve).
East Sussex, England
(third-person singular simple present portcullises, present participle portcullising, simple past and past participle portcullised)
- To obstruct with, or as with, a portcullis; to shut; to bar.
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