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[trood-l-oo] /ˌtrud lˈu/
noun, plural trous-de-loup
[trood-l-oo] /ˌtrud lˈu/ (Show IPA).
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 of trou-de-loup
1780-90; < French: literally, wolf hole Unabridged
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  • Beyond the two ditches, were trous-de-loup, or wolf-traps, from twenty to seventy feet apart.

    Cuba Arthur D. Hall
British Dictionary definitions for trous-de-loup


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