As nouns the difference between barbican and barmkin
is that barbican
is a tower at the entrance to a castle or fortified town while barmkin
is (obsolete) the battlement on the exterior fortification of a castle in northern england and parts of scotland; a barbican.
A tower at the entrance to a castle or fortified town
A fortress at the end of a bridge.
An opening in the wall of a fortress through which the guns are levelled; a narrow loophole through which arrows and other missiles may be shot.
* 1922 James Joyce, Ulysses 11:
A temporary wooden tower built for defensive purposes.
- Two shafts of soft daylight fell across the flagged floor from the high barbacans .
* Samuel Johnson, Dictionary of the English Language (1766)
(obsolete) The battlement on the exterior fortification of a castle in northern England and parts of Scotland; a barbican.