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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
overhanging embrasures situated on the upper part of walls and towers in medieval fortresses. After losing their defensive significance when firearms were developed, machicoulis were used as an architectural decorative element.
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