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[muh-chik-uh-ley-shuh n] /məˌtʃɪk əˈleɪ ʃən/

noun, Architecture.
an opening in the floor between the corbels of a projecting gallery or parapet, as on a wall or in the vault of a passage, through which missiles, molten lead, etc., might be cast upon an enemy beneath.
a projecting gallery or parapet with such openings.
(esp in medieval castles) a projecting gallery or parapet supported on corbels having openings through which missiles could be dropped
any such opening


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