Middle English Dictionary Entry

pō̆rt-colī̆ce n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A portcullis; (b) a representation of a portcullis used as a military badge; also, the leader using or authorizing such a badge; i.e., the Duke of Somerset [quot.: (c1450)]; (c) fig. a spiritual defense symbolizing Christ or St. Edmund.