a partition or lining, as of planks or cloth, forming an air passage in a mine.
(in medieval architecture) any temporary wooden fortification, especially at the top of a wall.
Origin: 1300–50; Middle English brutaske, bretage, bretice
< Anglo-French bretaske, bretage, Anglo-French, Old French bretesche
wooden parapet on a fortress < Medieval Latin
(9th century) brittisca,
apparently a Latinized form of Old English Bryttisc British
(or a new formation in ML), on the presumption that such parapets were introduced from Britain