portcullis(redirected from Porticullis)
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A grating of iron or wooden bars or slats, suspended in the gateway of a fortified place and lowered to block passage.
(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-)
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]