bersaglieri

bersagliere

[ber-suhl-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-re]
noun, plural bersaglieri [ber-suhl-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-ree] .
one of a class of riflemen or sharpshooters in the Italian army.

Origin:
1860–65; < Italian: literally, marksman, equivalent to bersagl(io) target (< Old French bersail; bers(er) to hunt (perhaps < Germanic; compare Middle High German birsen, German birschen, pirschen to hunt) + -ail noun suffix) + -iere -ary

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bersagliere (ˌbɛəsɑːˈljɛərɪ)
 
n , pl -ri
a member of a rifle regiment in the Italian Army
 
[C19: from Italian, from bersaglio target, from Old French bersail, from berser to fire at]

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