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merlon

[mur-luh n] /ˈmɜr lən/
noun
1.
(in a battlement) the solid part between two crenels.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < French < Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo (in plural, merli battlements) < ?
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merlon

/ˈmɜːlən/
noun
1.
(fortifications) the solid upright section in a crenellated battlement
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian merlone, from merlo battlement
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Word Origin and History for merlon
n.

"solid part of a battlement," 1704, from French merlon (17c.), from Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo "battlement," perhaps a contraction of mergola, diminutive of Latin mergae "two-pronged pitchfork."

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