ravelin

ravelin

[rav-lin]
noun Fortification.
a V -shaped outwork outside the main ditch and covering the works between two bastions.

Origin:
1580–90; < Middle French, earlier revelin < Italian rivellino, diminutive of riva bank, rim

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ravelin (ˈrævlɪn)
 
n
fortifications an outwork having two embankments at a salient angle
 
[C16: from Italian ravellino a little bank, from riva bank, from Latin rīpa]

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