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Martello tower

[mahr-tel-oh]
noun Fortification.
a circular, towerlike fort with guns on the top.
Also, martello tower.
Also called martello, Martello.


Origin:
named after Cape Mortella, Corsica, where a tower of this kind was taken by British forces in 1794

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Martello tower or Martello (mɑːˈtɛləʊ)
 
n
a small circular tower for coastal defence, formerly much used in Europe
 
[C18: after Cape Mortella in Corsica, where the British navy captured a tower of this type in 1794]
 
Martello or Martello
 
n
 
[C18: after Cape Mortella in Corsica, where the British navy captured a tower of this type in 1794]

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