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portcullis

port·cul·lis

portcullis

 
 
pronunciation:
port kuh lihs
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: a strong, sliding grill suspended at the top of a fortification gateway that can be lowered to prevent entry, as to a castle.
During peaceful times, the portcullis at the city entrance was kept raised, but armed guards kept careful watch there.
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