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abatis

/ˈæbətɪs; ˈæbətiː/
noun (fortifications)
1.
a rampart of felled trees bound together placed with their branches outwards
2.
a barbed-wire entanglement before a position
Word Origin
C18: from French, from abattre to fell
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