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bivouac

[ biv-oo-ak, biv-wak ]
/ 藞b瑟v u藢忙k, 藞b瑟v w忙k /
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noun
a military encampment made with tents or improvised shelters, usually without shelter or protection from enemy fire.
the place used for such an encampment.
verb (used without object), biv路ou路acked, biv路ou路ack路ing.
to rest or assemble in such an area; encamp.
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Origin of bivouac

1700鈥10; <French <Swiss German b墨wacht auxiliary patrol, equivalent to b墨-by- + wacht patrol, watch

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British Dictionary definitions for bivouac

bivouac
/ (藞b瑟v蕣藢忙k, 藞b瑟vw忙k) /

noun
a temporary encampment with few facilities, as used by soldiers, mountaineers, etc
verb -acs, -acking or -acked
(intr) to make such an encampment

Word Origin for bivouac

C18: from French bivuac, probably from Swiss German Beiwacht, literally: by + watch
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