A machicolation is an opening in a medieval castle for dropping rocks or boiling water on an enemy. It’s like a sneaky window in a castle that lets people drop stuff on their enemies to keep them from coming in.

A machicolation is an opening — or series of openings — in a projecting parapet (low wall, like a ledge) between corbels (triangular brackets) on a medieval castle. You might forget those architectural terms, but you should remember what a machicolation is for: dropping stuff on invaders. The machicolation allows people in the castle to drop stones, boiling water, or other weapons on people attacking the castle. This is a great way to defend the castle without going outside.

Definitions of machicolation

n a projecting parapet supported by corbels on a medieval castle; has openings through which stones or boiling water could be dropped on an enemy

Type of:
breastwork, parapet
fortification consisting of a low wall

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