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machicolation

[muh-chik-uh-ley-shuh n] /məˌtʃɪk əˈleɪ ʃən/
noun, Architecture
1.
an opening in the floor between the corbels of a projecting gallery or parapet, as on a wall or in the vault of a passage, through which missiles, molten lead, etc., might be cast upon an enemy beneath.
2.
a projecting gallery or parapet with such openings.
Origin of machicolation
1780-1790
1780-90; machicolate + -ion
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  • Gables were furnished with crow-steps, while machicolation became at times almost fantastic.

    British Castles Charles H. Ashdown
  • It was therefore superseded ere long by the use of machicolation, where a projecting stone gallery replaced the woodwork.

British Dictionary definitions for machicolation

machicolation

/məˌtʃɪkəʊˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
(esp in medieval castles) a projecting gallery or parapet supported on corbels having openings through which missiles could be dropped
2.
any such opening
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