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palisade

[pal-uh-seyd] /ˌpæl əˈseɪd/
noun
1.
a fence of pales or stakes set firmly in the ground, as for enclosure or defense.
2.
any of a number of pales or stakes pointed at the top and set firmly in the ground in a close row with others to form a defense.
3.
4.
palisades, a line of cliffs.
verb (used with object), palisaded, palisading.
5.
to furnish or fortify with a palisade.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < French palissade < Old Provençal palissada, equivalent to paliss(a) paling (derivative of pal stake, pale2) + -ada -ade1
Related forms
unpalisaded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palisade

palisade

/ˌpælɪˈseɪd/
noun
1.
a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground, esp for defence
2.
one of the stakes used in such a fence
3.
(botany) a layer of elongated mesophyll cells containing many chloroplasts, situated below the outer epidermis of a leaf blade
verb
4.
(transitive) to enclose with a palisade
Word Origin
C17: via French, from Old Provençal palissada, ultimately from Latin pālus stake; see pale², pole1
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Word Origin and History for palisade
n.

"a fence of stakes," c.1600, from Middle French palissade (15c.), from Provençal palissada, from palissa "a stake or paling," from Gallo-Romance *palicea, from Latin palus "stake" (see pale (n.)). Military sense is attested from 1690s. The Palisades, along the Hudson River opposite New York City, so called by 1823.

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