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Cheval-de-frise   Listen
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Cheval-de-frise  n.  (pl. chevaux-de-frise)  (commonly used in the plural) (Mil.) A piece of timber or an iron barrel traversed with iron-pointed spikes or spears, five or six feet long, used to defend a passage, stop a breach, or impede the advance of cavalry, etc. "Obstructions of chain, boom, and cheval-de-frise."






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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... stagnant, suggesting passages for canoes. Here the fishermen have planted their weirs; some are wading in the pools, others are drying their nets upon the stony ledges. During the floods, however, this cheval-de-frise of boulders must all be under water, and probably impassable. Tuckey supposes that the inundation must produce a spectacle which justifies the high- flown description of the people. I should imagine the reverse to be the case; and ...
— Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 2 • Richard F. Burton



Words linked to "Cheval-de-frise" :   defence, defense



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