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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]

rat-tail
 
n
1.  another name for grenadier
2.  a.  a horse's tail that has no hairs
 b.  a horse having such a tail
3.  a style of spoon in which the line of the handle is prolonged in a tapering moulding along the back of the bowl
4.  a kind of woodworking or metalworking file

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