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

  • n. A gutter or groove in a roof.

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  • 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


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

Middle English colis, from Old French coleis, channel, from coler, to pour, from Latin cōlāre, to filter, from cōlum, sieve.

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


  • 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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  • "Intensely reduced, this broth also formed the thick cullises, used to drench pyramids of labour-intensive and highly flavoured meat dishes. It was partly this cullis, requiring hours of work and endless ingredients to make, that gave the French style its reputation as overblown and expensive. Cullises were not the juicy by-products of cooking meat but intricate and expensive undertakings all of their own."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 165

    January 16, 2017