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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Caponiere  \Cap`o*niere"\,  n.  [F.  caponni[`e]re,  fr  Sp 
  caponera  orig.,  a  cage  for  fattening  capons,  hence  a  place 
  of  refuge;  cf  It  capponiera  See  {Capon}.]  (Fort.) 
  A  work  made  across  or  in  the  ditch,  to  protect  it  from  the 
  enemy,  or  to  serve  as  a  covered  passageway.