Machicolation meaning

mə-chĭkə-lāshən
A row of small projecting arches used as an ornamental architectural feature.
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A defensive opening in the floor of a projecting gallery or parapet, between supports or corbels, or in the roof over an entrance, through which hot liquids, heavy stones, etc. could be dropped upon attackers, etc.
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A gallery, parapet, etc. with such openings.
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An opening between corbels that support a projecting parapet; an opening in the floor of a gallery or the roof of a portal, from which missiles can be shot or dropped upon assailants attacking the base of the walls; the construction of such defenses.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
machicolation
Plural:
machicolations