Bangalore torpedo

noun
  1. a metal tube filled with explosives and equipped with a firing mechanism, especially for destroying barbed-wire entanglements, mine fields, etc.

Origin of Bangalore torpedo

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for bangalore torpedo

bangalore torpedo

noun
  1. an explosive device in a long metal tube, used to blow gaps in barbed-wire barriers

Word Origin for bangalore torpedo

C20: named after Bangalore, where it was developed
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