culs-de-sac

cul-de-sac

[kuhl-duh-sak, -sak, kool-; French kyduh-sak]
noun, plural culs-de-sac [kuhlz-duh-sak, -sak, koolz-; French kyduh-sak] .
1.
a street, lane, etc., closed at one end; blind alley; dead-end street.
2.
any situation in which further progress is impossible.
3.
the hemming in of a military force on all sides except behind.
4.
Anatomy. a saclike cavity, tube, or the like, open only at one end, as the cecum.

Origin:
1730–40; < French: literally, bottom of the sack

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cul-de-sac (ˈkʌldəˌsæk, ˈkʊl-)
 
n , pl culs-de-sac, cul-de-sacs
1.  a road with one end blocked off; dead end
2.  an inescapable position
3.  any tube-shaped bodily cavity or pouch closed at one end, such as the caecum
 
[C18: from French, literally: bottom of the bag]

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cul-de-sac
1738, as an anatomical term, from Fr., lit. "bottom of a sack," from L. culus "bottom" (for second element, see sack (n.1)). Application to streets and alleys is from 1800.
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cul-de-sac (kŭl'dĭ-sāk', kul'-)
n. pl. culs-de-sac (kŭlz'-, kulz'-) or cul-de-sacs
A saclike cavity or tube open only at one end.

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