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portcullis

noun

1 portcullis

Gate consisting of an iron or wooden grating that hangs in the entry to a castle or fortified town; can be lowered to prevent passage.

Roget 717: defense, protection, guard, ward; shielding etc. v.; propugnation, preservation etc. 670; guardianship.    area defense; ... show more

Roget 706: prevention, preclusion, obstruction, stoppage; embolus, embolism [Med.]; infarct [Med.]; interruption, interception, interclusion; hindrance, impedition; retardment, ... show more

Dutch: valhek




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