port·cul·lis / pôrtˈkələs/ • n. a strong, heavy grating sliding up and down in vertical grooves, lowered to block a gateway to a fortress or town.DERIVATIVES: port·cul·lised adj.
portcullis. Strong door in a fortified medieval gateway, sliding vertically, normally a grating heavily framed of wood strengthened with iron, with pointed iron bars at the bottom. Usually kept in the raised position, it could be dropped suddenly when required for reasons of defence. See also yett.
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