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panzer

[pan-zer; German pahn-tsuh r] /ˈpæn zər; German ˈpɑn tsər/
adjective
1.
(especially in the German army) armored:
a panzer unit.
2.
of or relating to a panzer division:
a panzer attack.
noun
3.
a vehicle, especially a tank, forming part of a German panzer division.
Origin of panzer
1935-1940
1935-40; < German Panzer armor; Middle High German panzier < Old French panciere coat of mail, literally, belly piece. See paunch, -ier2
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panzer

/ˈpænzə; German ˈpantsər/
noun
1.
(modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of the fast mechanized armoured units employed by the German army in World War II: a panzer attack
2.
a vehicle belonging to a panzer unit, esp a tank
3.
(pl) armoured troops
Word Origin
C20: from German, from Middle High German, from Old French panciere coat of mail, from Latin pantexpaunch
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Word Origin and History for panzer
adj.

1940, from of German Panzerdivision "armored unit," from Panzer "tank," literally "armor," from Middle High German panzier, from Old French panciere "armor for the belly," from pance "belly, stomach," from Latin pantex (genitive panticis) "belly" (see paunch).

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