merlon

merlon

[mur-luhn]
noun
(in a battlement) the solid part between two crenels.

Origin:
1695–1705; < French < Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo (in plural, merli battlements) < ?

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merlon (ˈmɜːlən)
 
n
fortifications the solid upright section in a crenellated battlement
 
[C18: from French, from Italian merlone, from merlo battlement]

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merlon
"solid part of a battlement," 1704, from Fr. merlon, from It. merlone, aug. of merlo "battlement," perhaps a contraction of mergola, dim. of L. mergae "two-pronged pitchfork."
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