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casemate

[keys-meyt] /ˈkeɪsˌmeɪt/
noun
1.
an armored enclosure for guns in a warship.
2.
a vault or chamber, especially in a rampart, with embrasures for artillery.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Middle French < Old Italian casamatta, alteration (by folk etymology) of Greek chásmata embrasures, literally, openings, plural of chásma chasm
Related forms
casemated, adjective
uncasemated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for casemated

casemate

/ˈkeɪsˌmeɪt/
noun
1.
an armoured compartment in a ship or fortification in which guns are mounted
Derived Forms
casemated, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Italian casamatta, perhaps from Greek khasmata apertures, plural of khasmachasm
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