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port·cul·lis

 (pôrt-kŭl′ĭs)
n.
A grating of iron or wooden bars or slats, suspended in the gateway of a fortified place and lowered to block passage.

[Middle English port-colice, from Old French porte coleice, sliding gate : porte, gate (from Latin porta; see per- in Indo-European roots) + coleice, feminine of coleis, sliding (from Vulgar Latin *cōlātīcius, from Latin cōlātus, past participle of cōlāre, to filter, strain, from cōlum, sieve).]

portcullis

(pɔːtˈkʌlɪs)
n
(Architecture) an iron or wooden grating suspended vertically in grooves in the gateway of a castle or fortified town and able to be lowered so as to bar the entrance
[C14 port colice, from Old French porte coleïce sliding gate, from porte door, entrance + coleïce, from couler to slide, flow, from Late Latin cōlāre to filter]

port•cul•lis

(pɔrtˈkʌl ɪs, poʊrt-)

n.
a strong grating, as of iron, made to slide along vertical grooves at the sides of the gateway of a castle or fortified place and let down to prevent passage.
[1300–50; Middle English portecolys < Middle French porte coleice]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.portcullis - gate consisting of an iron or wooden grating that hangs in the entry to a castle or fortified townportcullis - 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
gate - a movable barrier in a fence or wall
Translations

portcullis

[pɔːtˈkʌlɪs] Nrastrillo m

portcullis

[pɔːrtˈkʌlɪs] nherse f

portcullis

nFallgitter nt, → Fallgatter nt

portcullis

[pɔːtˈkʌlɪs] nsaracinesca
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