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A solid portion between two crenels in a battlement or crenelated wall.

[French, from Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo, battlement, perhaps from Medieval Latin merulus, from Latin, merle (from their imagined similarity to blackbirds sitting on a wall).]


(Fortifications) fortifications the solid upright section in a crenellated battlement
[C18: from French, from Italian merlone, from merlo battlement]


(ˈmɜr lən)

(in a battlement) the solid part between two crenels.
[1695–1705; < French < Italian merlone]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.merlon - a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlementmerlon - a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement
battlement, crenelation, crenellation - a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns
bulwark, rampart, wall - an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes; "they stormed the ramparts of the city"; "they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down"
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Merlons protection between PR 148 and 149 + 850 + 750.
Glazed lime plaster would be applied on the interior and exterior of the dome of the mosque while a parapet of glazed tiles merlons would also be restored.
The upper palace structure is mainly an agglomeration of rows of decorative devices of riotous colour surmounted by variously patterned domes, merlons, finials and decorative devices that could not possibly serve as a model for an actual building but metaphorically create the idea of a palace.
The thick ramparts, rising into the sky, are crowned by merlons, and have three gateways with bastions on either side.