Word of the Day – Portcullis

By November 15, 2019 Word of the Day

Portcullis (noun)

port-kul-is

A strong, heavy grating that can be lowered down grooves on each side of a gateway to block it.

Middle English from Old French porte coleice ‘sliding door’, from porte ‘door’ (from Latin porta) + coleice ‘sliding’ (feminine of couleis, from Latin colare ‘to filter’).

Example sentences

“The portcullis acted as both defence and decoration.”

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