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moat

Overview page. Subjects: History.

N. a deep, wide ditch surrounding a castle, fort, or town, typically filled with water and intended as a defense against attack.

v.(moated) surround (a place) with a moat: a moated...

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tower houses

Overview page. Subjects: Renaissance Art.

Were built on both sides of the Scottish border in the 14th and 15th centuries to protect the occupants from raiders.

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villa

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1 Antique Roman country-house or farmstead of three basic types:villa rustica:house in the country with spacious accommodation for the owner and his family, and quarters for...

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