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BARBICAN. An ancient word to signify a watch-tower. Barbicanage was money given for the support of a barbican.

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It was repeated three times, with as much violence as if it had been blown before an enchanted castle by the destined knight, at whose summons halls and towers, barbican and battlement, were to roll off like a morning vapour.
But the host withdrawing--probably to weep in secret--soon returned with the information that it wanted little more than an hour of day, and that all the cocks in Barbican had already begun to crow, as if their lives depended on it.
cried the boy, and turning he led the prancing but subdued animal toward the castle and through the ruined barbican into the court beyond.