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Martello tower

or martello tower

[mahr-tel-oh] /mɑrˈtɛl oʊ/
noun, Fortification.
a circular, towerlike fort with guns on the top.
Also called martello, Martello.
Origin of Martello tower
named after Cape Mortella, Corsica, where a tower of this kind was taken by British forces in 1794 Unabridged
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Martello tower

a small circular tower for coastal defence, formerly much used in Europe
Word Origin
C18: after Cape Mortella in Corsica, where the British navy captured a tower of this type in 1794
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