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Meaning of machicolation

ma•chic•o•la•tion

Pronunciation: (mu-chik"u-lā'shun), [key]
— n. Archit.
  1. an opening in the floor between the corbels of a projecting gallery or parapet, as on a wall or in the vault of a passage, through which missiles, molten lead, etc., might be cast upon an enemy beneath.
  2. a projecting gallery or parapet with such openings.
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