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Palisade. Now archaic.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Paul Ive (d. 1604), military engineer. Alteration of Spanish paliçada, palizada from Old Occitan palissada fence made of stakes, enclosure formed by a palisade from paliza palisade + -ada; compare -ado. In some forms probably directly from the Spanish.
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