Chevaux-de-frise
Cheval-de-frise Che*val"-de-frise", n.; commonly used in the pl. {Chevaux-de-frise}. [F.; cheval horse + Frise Friesland, where it was first used.] (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. [1913 Webster]

Obstructions of chain, boom, and cheval-de-frise. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • chevaux-de-frise — che·vaux de frise …   English syllables

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