Etymology
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merlon (n.)

"solid part of a battlement," between and separating two crenelles or embrasures, 1704, from French merlon (17c.), from Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo "battlement," perhaps [OED] a contraction of mergola, diminutive of Latin mergae "two-pronged pitchfork."

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Definitions of merlon

merlon (n.)
a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement;
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