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[par-uh-dos] /ˈpær əˌdɒs/
noun, Fortification
a bank of earth built behind a trench or military emplacement to protect soldiers from a surprise attack from the rear.
Origin of parados
1825-35; < French; see para-2, reredos Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for parados


a bank behind a trench or other fortification, giving protection from being fired on from the rear
Word Origin
C19: from French, from para-² + dos back, from Latin dorsum; compare parasol, parapet
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Word Origin and History for parados

"rear wall of a trench," 1917, earlier "elevation behind a fortified place" (1853), literally "defense from the back," from French parados, from para- "defense" (see para- (2)) + dos "back" (see dossier).

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