trou de loup


noun, plural trous-de-loup [trood-l-oo] . Military.
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.

1780–90; < French: literally, wolf hole Unabridged
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a sloping pit with a stake in the middle used as an obstacle to the enemy 
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