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circumvallate v : surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification

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From Latin circumvallare, from circum- + vallum ‘rampart’.


  • /sɜ:kəmˈvæleɪt/


  1. to surround with a rampart
    • 2004: The settlement is circumvallated by a stake-fence, so decayed that one may gain ingress at a dozen places. — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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