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A dyke is a purpose-designed dam consisting of earthwork materials, serving as protection against inundation. Etymologically the English term is related to “ditch,” something dug and hence also an embankment. A distinction is made between marine dykes and river dykes. The sea dyke, which has a different profil on each of the two sides protects low-lying areas near the coast, generally marshland…

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Fischer, Norbert, “Dyke”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 09 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018198>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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