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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Middle Dutch
Origin: bolwerc, from Middle Low German, from bole 'flat piece of wood' + werc 'work'

bulwark

noun
     
bul‧wark [countable]
1 something that protects you from an unpleasant situation
bulwark against
a bulwark against dictatorship
2

bulwarks

[plural]TTW the sides of a boat or ship above the deck
3 a strong structure like a wall, built for defence

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