Coulisses

coulisse

[koo-lees]
noun
1.
a timber or the like having a groove for guiding a sliding panel.
2.
Theater.
a.
the space between two wing flats, leg drops, or the like.
b.
any space or area backstage.

Origin:
1810–20; < French: groove, something that slides in a groove; see portcullis

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coulisse (kuːˈliːs)
 
n
1.  Also called: cullis a timber member grooved to take a sliding panel, such as a sluicegate, portcullis, or stage flat
2.  a.  a flat piece of scenery situated in the wings of a theatre; wing flat
 b.  a space between wing flats
3.  Compare parquet part of the Paris Bourse where unofficial securities are traded
 
[C19: from French: groove, from Old French couleïceportcullis]

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