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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barbacan  \Bar"ba*can\,  n. 
  See  {Barbican}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barbican  \Bar"bi*can\,  Barbacan  \Bar"ba*can\,  n.  [OE.  barbican, 
  barbecan,  F.  barbacane  LL  barbacana  barbicana  of 
  uncertain  origin:  cf  Ar  barbakh  aqueduct,  sewer.  F. 
  barbacane  also  means  an  opening  to  let  out  water,  loophole.] 
  1.  (Fort.)  A  tower  or  advanced  work  defending  the  entrance  to 
  a  castle  or  city,  as  at  a  gate  or  bridge.  It  was  often 
  large  and  strong,  having  a  ditch  and  drawbridge  of  its 
  own 
 
  2.  An  opening  in  the  wall  of  a  fortress,  through  which 
  missiles  were  discharged  upon  an  enemy. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barbacan 
  n  :  a  tower  that  is  part  of  a  defensive  structure  (such  as  a 
  castle)  [syn:  {barbican}] 




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