abattis

World English Dictionary
abatis or abattis (ˈæbətɪs, ˈæbətiː, ˈæbətɪs, ˈæbətiː)
 
n
1.  a rampart of felled trees bound together placed with their branches outwards
2.  a barbed-wire entanglement before a position
 
[C18: from French, from abattre to fell]
 
abattis or abattis
 
n
 
[C18: from French, from abattre to fell]

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abattis

noun
a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy 
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