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Pronunciation:  powrt'kulis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  gate consisting of an iron or wooden grating that hangs in the entry to a castle or fortified town; can be lowered to prevent passage

PORTCULLIS is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: gate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Port*cul"lis\, n. [OF. porte coulisse, cole["i]ce, a
    sliding door, fr. L. colare, colatum, to filter, to strain:
    cf. F. couler to glide. See {Port} a gate, and cf. {Cullis},
    1. (Fort.) A grating of iron or of timbers pointed with iron,
       hung over the gateway of a fortress, to be let down to
       prevent the entrance of an enemy. ``Let the portcullis
       fall.'' --Sir W. Scott.
             She . . . the huge portcullis high updrew. --Milton.
    2. An English coin of the reign of Elizabeth, struck for the
       use of the East India Company; -- so called from its
       bearing the figure of a portcullis on the reverse.
  2. \Port*cul"lis\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Portcullised};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Portcullising}.]
    To obstruct with, or as with, a portcullis; to shut; to bar.
    [R.] --Shak.