One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The solid part of an embattled parapet between two embrasures.
- ‘Crenellations (merlons) on the perimeter of the roof were repaired or rebuilt.’
- ‘I leaned on the embrasure between the teeth of the merlons and watched the activity on the streets below slowly die as the shadows drew longer.’
- ‘Her fingertips brush absently at a potted plant that sits before her, in one of the gaps between the toothlike blocks of green stone (merlons) that, in a castle, would have protected against enemy arrows.’
- ‘I ducked back behind the merlon and yelled down to the Greens in the courtyard behind the south gate, ‘Down, three marks.’’
Early 18th century: from French, from Italian merlone, from merlo ‘battlement’.
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