trous-de-loup

trou-de-loup

[trood-l-oo]
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.

Origin:
1780–90; < French: literally, wolf hole

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trous-de-loup (ˌtruːdəˈluː)
 
n , pl trous-de-loup
military any of a series of conical-shaped pits with a stake fixed in the centre, formerly used as protection against enemy cavalry
 
[C18: from French, literally: wolf's holes]

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