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1. A defensive barrier of pointed inclined stakes or barbed wire.
2. A ruff for the neck worn in the 1500s.
[French, from Old French, mesentery (from its pleated shape), from (feves) frasees, shelled (beans), from the resemblance between the mesentery and the peel surrounding individual broad beans, from Latin (faba) frēsa, ground (bean), feminine past participle of frendere, to crush; see frenum.]
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1. (Clothing & Fashion) a neck ruff worn during the 16th century
2. (Fortifications) a sloping or horizontal rampart of pointed stakes
a. a tool for enlarging a drill hole
b. a tool for cutting teeth on watch wheels
[C18: from French: mesentery of a calf, from Old French fraiser to remove a shell, from Latin frendere to crush]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
a defense of pointed stakes projecting from the ramparts in a horizontal or an inclined position.
[1765–75; < French, derivative of fraiser to frizzle, curl < Occitan frezar « Germanic; compare Old English frīs curled]
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|Noun||1.||fraise - a ruff for the neck worn in the 16th century|
|2.||fraise - sloping or horizontal rampart of pointed stakes|
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