Che*val"-de-frise" (?), n.; commonly used in the pl. Chevaux-de-frise. [F.; cheval horse + Frise Friesland, where it was first used.] Mil.
A piece of timber or an iron barrel traversed with iron-pointed spikes or spears, five or six feet long, used to defend a passage, stop a breach, or impede the advance of cavalry, etc.
Obstructions of chain, boom, and cheval-de-frise.
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