n. pl. che·vaux-de-frise (shə-vō′-)
1. An obstacle made of stakes or spikes attached to a log, wooden frame, or metal drum and used to block enemy advancement or prevent unauthorized access.
2. A line of jagged glass or spikes set into masonry on top of a wall.
[French, Frisian horse (from its use in Friesland to compensate for a lack of cavalry) : cheval, horse + de, of + Frise, Friesland.]
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