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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 43 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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OILLETS (from an O. Fr. diminutive of tail, eye, in Mod. Fr. millet; other English variants are oylets, eyelets, or eyelet-holes), the architectural term given to the arrow slits in the walls of medieval fortifications, but more strictly applied to the roundhole or circle with which the openings terminate. The same term is applied to the small circles inserted in the tracery-head of the windows of the Decorated and Perpendicular periods, sometimes varied with trefoils and quatrefoils.
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