grenadier

grenadier

[gren-uh-deer]
noun
1.
(in the British army) a member of the first regiment of household infantry (Grenadier Guards)
2.
(formerly) a specially selected foot soldier in certain elite units.
3.
(formerly) a soldier who threw grenades.
4.
Also called rat-tail, rat tail. any of several deep-sea fishes of the family Macrouridae, having an elongated, tapering tail.

Origin:
1670–80; < French; see grenade, -ier2

grenadierial, adjective
grenadierly, adverb
grenadiership, noun
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grenadier (ˌɡrɛnəˈdɪə)
 
n
1.  military
 a.  (in the British Army) a member of the senior regiment of infantry in the Household Brigade
 b.  (formerly) a member of a special formation, usually selected for strength and height
 c.  (formerly) a soldier trained to throw grenades
2.  Also called: rat-tail any deep-sea gadoid fish of the family Macrouridae, typically having a large head and trunk and a long tapering tail
3.  See waxbill any of various African weaverbirds of the genus Estrilda
 
[C17: from French; see grenade]

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grenadier

any of about 300 species of abundant deep-sea fishes of the family Macrouridae found along the ocean bottom in warm and temperate regions. The typical grenadier is a large-headed fish with a tapered body ending in a long, ratlike tail bordered above and below by the anal and second dorsal fins. The eyes are large, and the mouth is on the underside of the head. The often extended snout presumably aids in rooting about the bottom for food. Some species have light organs, and some can produce sounds by means of paired muscles attached to the swim bladder. The fish is usually about 30 to 60 cm (1 to 2 feet) long.

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