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barbette

[bahr-bet] /bɑrˈbɛt/
noun
1.
(within a fortification) a platform or mound of earth from which guns may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
2.
Navy. an armored cylinder for protecting the lower part of a turret on a warship.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < French, equivalent to barbe beard + -ette -ette, probably from the general metaphorical use of barbe for something which protrudes or faces outward

Barbette

[bahr-bet] /bɑrˈbɛt/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Barbara.
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  • The work during this period consisted mostly of remodeling the existing barbette batteries rather than new construction.
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  • These fortifications are about a mile apart, and have two or three barbette guns bearing on the bridge-heads.
British Dictionary definitions for barbette

barbette

/bɑːˈbɛt/
noun
1.
(formerly) an earthen platform inside a parapet, from which heavy guns could fire over the top
2.
an armoured cylinder below a turret on a warship that protects the revolving structure and foundation of the turret
Word Origin
C18: from French, diminutive of barbe a nun's barb1, from a fancied similarity between the earthwork around a cannon and this part of a nun's habit
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