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chevaux de frise


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  • noun Plural form of cheval de frise.


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  • Plural (singular is cheval de frise). A defensive appliance of war, employed chiefly to check cavalry charges, and stop breaches.

    Usage: 1708 KERSEY, "Chevaux de Frise are large Joists, or pieces of Timber, Ten or Twelve Foot in length, with Six Sides into which are driven a great Number of wooden Pins aboue Six Foot long, crossing one another, and having their Ends armed with Iron-Points."

    February 6, 2007

  • See also chevaux-de-frise, cheval-de-frise.

    October 9, 2008