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machicolate

[muh-chik-uh-leyt] /məˈtʃɪk əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), machicolated, machicolating.
1.
to provide with machicolations.
Origin
late Middle English
1765-1775
1765-75; < Medieval Latin machecoll(um), a Latinization of Middle French *machecol literally, (it) breaks (the) neck (from the use of such openings to drop projectiles on an ascending attacker; mache, 3rd singular present of macher to beat, break, bruise (apparently of expressive orig.) + col neck (see collar)) + -ate1; compare late Middle English machecollyd machicolated
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machicolate

/məˈtʃɪkəʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to construct machicolations at the top of (a wall)
Word Origin
C18: from Old French machicoller, ultimately from Provençal machacol, from macar to crush + col neck
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