machicolation

[muh-chik-uh-ley-shuhn]
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:
1780–90; machicolate + -ion

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machicolation (məˌtʃɪkəʊˈleɪʃən)
 
n
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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Later, permanent fixtures known as machicolation were built in stone.
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