Cruciform apertures in the walls of a stronghold through which the crossbow men discharged their bolts. It also signified a projecting turret, otherwise called a bartizan, such as is commonly seen in castles.
Related term(s): Stronghold; Crossbow
Category: Castles and Fortifications
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 43.