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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 pertaining to a panzer division:
a panzer attack.
noun
3.
a vehicle, especially a tank, forming part of a German panzer division.
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for panzer

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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Encyclopedia Article for panzer

series of battle tanks fielded by the German army in the 1930s and '40s. The six tanks in the series constituted virtually all of Germany's tank production from 1934 until the end of World War II in 1945. Panzers provided the striking power of Germany's panzer (armoured) divisions throughout the war.

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