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bersagliere

[ber-suh l-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-re] /ˌbɛr səlˈyɛər i; Italian ˌbɛr sɑˈlyɛ rɛ/
noun, plural bersaglieri
[ber-suh l-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-ree] /ˌbɛr səlˈyɛər i; Italian ˌbɛr sɑˈlyɛ ri/ (Show IPA)
1.
one of a class of riflemen or sharpshooters in the Italian army.
Origin
1860-1865
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/
noun (pl) -ri (-riː)
1.
a member of a rifle regiment in the Italian Army
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from bersaglio target, from Old French bersail, from berser to fire at
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