One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in ancient Rome) a defensive wall, rampart, or stockade.
- ‘A vallum some 27 feet wide and nine feet deep was dug as further protection for the wall.’
- ‘There was a ditch on the north side, and a military zone on the south defined by an earthwork called the vallum.’
- ‘The final addition was the ‘vallum’ to the rear of the wall.’
Latin, collective from vallus ‘stake, palisade’.
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