from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gutter or groove in a roof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gutter in a roof; a channel or groove.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strong broth of meat, strained and made clear for invalids; also, a savory jelly.
  • n. A gutter in a roof; a channel or groove.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a gutter in a roof


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)
French coulisse groove, from the same source as English cullis broth. (Wiktionary)


  • 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.

    The White Devil

  • At length, they came to a metal gate, not unlike the port - cullis in a castle.

    Second Skin

  • The word “cullis” is typical of the way the French language was dealt with by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English speakers.

    Savoring The Past

  • 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.

    Savoring The Past

  • English cookbook writers routinely condemned them and routinely included cullis recipes in their own books.

    Savoring The Past

  • 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.

    Storm Bringer

  • Rub it through a search, and put it into a stewpan with two spoonfuls of cullis; put in a little salt and cayenne.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

  • 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.

    The Outdoor Chums at Cabin Point or The Golden Cup Mystery

  • 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.

    The Royal Pawn of Venice A Romance of Cyprus

  • Tyre and Siphon where the lone lizard crawls on the walls of the main port-cullis. '

    The Gentle Grafter


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