balistraria definition

  • noun:
    • A narrow opening, often cruciform, through which arrows may be fired.
    • A narrow orifice, often cruciform, whereby arrows could be released.
    • In old fortification: A loophole or aperture within the wall surface of a fortification, or in a wooden hoarding temporarily post for defense, through which crossbowmen might discharge their bolts. See loophole, and compare archeria.
    • A room in which balisters or crossbows were kept.
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