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portcullis

noun [C] uk   /ˌpɔːtˈkʌl.ɪs/  us   /ˌpɔːrt-/
a strong gate made of bars with points at the bottom that hangs above the entrance to a castle and in the past was brought down to the ground in order to close the entrance against enemies
Translations of “portcullis”
in Chinese (Traditional) (城堡的)吊閘,吊門…
in Chinese (Simplified) (城堡的)吊闸,吊门…
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