from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture:
- n. A balcony inclosed with lattice work in a customary Oriental fashion, in such a manner that a person upon it can see the street without being seen. Also called lattice-window. See cut under lattice-window.
- n. A balcony with a parapet and with machicolations, often embattled, projecting from the face of a wall over a gate, to contribute to the defense of the entrance. See cut in next column.
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Another curiosity of the old building is a moucharaby, a kind of balcony open at the bottom, picturesquely perched above a door, from which the good fathers could throw stones, beams and boiling oil on the heads of those tempted to assault the monastery for a taste of their good fare and a draught of their good wine.
I will not take advantage of your position as I did of Alfred's, to overwhelm you from my moucharaby with a shower of green frogs, a miracle which he has not been able to explain to his entire satisfaction.