What is a parados?

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  1. (military) an embankment built to protect the rear of a position from enemy attack [from 19th c.]
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Direct hits were very rare, but on one occasion I had the satisfaction of seeing a machine-gun hurled over the Turkish parados.
Behind him on the other side of the trench, was a similar berm called the parados.
He struggled to his feet and leaned over the parados with me.
Not one of them gave a glance at the line of dead men over there, behind their parados.
I gave orders for the men to dress and lie flat on the parados, ready for the word to move.
I stood on the parados of Liverpool Trench and watched with amazement.

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