An elevation of earth behind a fortified place as a protection against attack from the rear, especially a mound along the back of a trench.
- The parados, to the rear, was a gently sloping ridge of debris left over from the digging of the trench.
- Behind him on the other side of the trench, was a similar berm called the parados.
- They call it ‘digging’ whether we do it with a spade in the dirt or when we mount stones with our hands to fix the parados and the parapet.
Mid 19th century: from French, from para- 'protection against' + dos 'back' (from Latin dorsum).
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