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Machicolation

Definition: An opening between the corbels which support a
projecting parapet, or in the floor of a gallery or the roof of a
portal, shooting or dropping missiles upen assailants attacking the
base of the walls. Also, the construction of such defenses, in general,
when of this character. See Illusts. of Battlement and Castle.

Machicolation

Definition: The act of discharging missiles or pouring burning
or melted substances upon assailants through such apertures.

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