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grenade

[gri-neyd] /grɪˈneɪd/
noun
1.
a small shell containing an explosive and thrown by hand or fired from a rifle or launching device.
2.
a similar missile containing a chemical, as for dispersing tear gas or fire-extinguishing substances.
verb (used with object), grenaded, grenading.
3.
to attack with a grenade or grenades.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < French < Spanish granada pomegranate, special use of granado having grains < Latin grānātus. See grain, -ate1
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grenade

/ɡrɪˈneɪd/
noun
1.
a small container filled with explosive thrown by hand or fired from a rifle
2.
a sealed glass vessel that is thrown and shatters to release chemicals, such as tear gas or a fire extinguishing agent
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Spanish granada pomegranate, from Late Latin grānāta, from Latin grānātus seedy; see grain
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Word Origin and History for grenades
grenade
"small explosive shell," 1591, from M.Fr. grenade "pomegranate," from O.Fr. pomegrenate (infl. by Sp. granada), so called because the many-seeded fruit suggested the powder-filled, fragmenting bomb, or from similarities of shape. Grenadiers (1676) originally were soldiers "who were dexterous in flinging hand-granados" [Evelyn], from Fr. grenadier; later "the tallest and finest men in the regiment."
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