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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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British Dictionary definitions for grenades

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

n.

"small explosive shell," 1590s, earlier "pomegranate" (1520s), from Middle French grenade "pomegranate" (16c.), earlier grenate (12c.), from Old French pomegrenate (influenced by Spanish granada); so called because the many-seeded fruit suggested the powder-filled, fragmenting bomb, or from similarities of shape. See pomegranate.

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