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sabot

[sab-oh; French sa-boh] /ˈsæb oʊ; French saˈboʊ/
noun, plural sabots
[sab-ohz; French sa-boh] /ˈsæb oʊz; French saˈboʊ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a shoe made of a single block of wood hollowed out, worn especially by farmers and workers in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, etc.
2.
a shoe with a thick wooden sole and sides and a top of coarse leather.
3.
Military.
  1. a wooden or metal disk formerly attached to a projectile in a muzzleloading cannon.
  2. a soft metal ring at the base of a projectile that makes the projectile conform to the rifling grooves of a gun.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < French, Old French çabot, blend of savate old shoe (of uncertain origin; akin to Old Provençal sabata, Italian ciabatta, Spanish zapato) and bot boot
Related forms
saboted
[sa-bohd, sab-ohd] /sæˈboʊd, ˈsæb oʊd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for saboted

sabot

/ˈsæbəʊ; French sabo/
noun
1.
a shoe made from a single block of wood
2.
a shoe with a wooden sole and a leather or cloth upper
3.
a lightweight sleeve in which a subcalibre round is enclosed in order to make it fit the rifling of a firearm. After firing the sabot drops away
4.
(Austral) a small sailing boat with a shortened bow
Word Origin
C17: from French, probably from Old French savate an old shoe, also influenced by botboot1; related to Italian ciabatta old shoe, Old Provençal sabata
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Encyclopedia Article for saboted

sabot

heavy work shoe worn by European peasants, especially in France and the Low Countries. There are two kinds of sabots: one is shaped and hollowed from a single piece of wood (called klompen by the Dutch); the other is a heavy leather shoe with a wooden sole.

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