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I find the definition below quite useful. JMK (talk) 18:12, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
Tenaille: A wide, angular defensive work used to protect the main entrances to a fort from cannon fire and direct assault. [1] Fortification Terminology, Fort Taber

Needs more precise defining of terms[edit]

I have read the entire article and I have no idea what a tenaille is. The provided picture is not adequately labelled - is the tenaille the chevron between the two outcroppings, or the outcroppings themselves? What exactly is the utility of a tenaille in siegecraft? Is a tenaille a raised structure or just a wall? (talk) 00:21, 22 February 2014 (UTC)