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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Definitions for bivouac

  1. An encampment for the night, usually under little or no shelter.
  2. To encamp for the night, usually under little or no shelter.

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Citations for bivouac
Rob had made his emergency bivouac just below the South Summit. David Breashears, The Observer
They were stopped by savage winds and forced to bivouac 153 m below the day's goal. Erik Weihenmayer, Time Pacific
Origin of bivouac
Swiss German
1700-1710
Bivouac comes from French bivouac, from German Beiwache, "a watching or guarding," from bei, "by, near" + wachen, "to watch."