American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A gutter or groove in a roof.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Broth of boiled meat strained.
- n. In architecture: A gutter in a roof. Any channel or groove in which an accessory, as a side scene in a theater, is to run.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A strong broth of meat, strained and made clear for invalids; also, a savory jelly.
- n. (Arch.) A gutter in a roof; a channel or groove.
- n. a gutter in a roof
- French coulisse groove, from the same source as English cullis broth. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English colis, from Old French coleis, channel, from coler, to pour, from Latin cōlāre, to filter, from cōlum, sieve. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I care not, though, like Anacharsis, I were pounded to death in a mortar: and yet that death were fitter for usurers, gold and themselves to be beaten together, to make a most cordial cullis for the devil.”
“At length, they came to a metal gate, not unlike the port - cullis in a castle.”
“The word “cullis” is typical of the way the French language was dealt with by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English speakers.”
“Put the butter and flour in the saucepan and put it back over the heat; cook and stir until the flour has taken on a rich golden color, but do not push it too far over a great heat, for fear the cullis will develop a scorched flavor.”
“English cookbook writers routinely condemned them and routinely included cullis recipes in their own books.”
“Then another noise blended with them as die mighty port - cullis of Hwamgaart's main gate squealed upwards and from it poured a host of well-aimed men.”
“Rub it through a search, and put it into a stewpan with two spoonfuls of cullis; put in a little salt and cayenne.”
“It made him think of one of the old feudal castles he had lately been reading about in Sir Walter Scott's romances, where they had draw-bridges, moats, and a port-cullis to protect them against assault.”
“But Visconti's men did not reveal themselves, and Marco worked his way out of the Piazza -- since they surely were _not_ there, and since no hint of what was passing within the fortress came from behind the porte-cullis -- the single opening upon the square.”
“Tyre and Siphon where the lone lizard crawls on the walls of the main port-cullis. ”
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