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trou-de-loup

[trood-l-oo] /ˌtrud lˈu/
noun, plural trous-de-loup
[trood-l-oo] /ˌtrud lˈu/ (Show IPA).
Military
1.
a conical or pyramidal pit with a pointed stake fixed vertically in the center, rows of which are dug in front of a fortification to hinder an enemy's approach, formerly used chiefly against cavalry.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < French: literally, wolf hole
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