parados

[ par-uh-dos ]
/ ˈpær əˌdɒs /

noun Fortification.

a bank of earth built behind a trench or military emplacement to protect soldiers from a surprise attack from the rear.

Origin of parados

From French, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at para-2, reredos
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parados
/ (ˈpærəˌdɒs) /

noun

a bank behind a trench or other fortification, giving protection from being fired on from the rear

Word Origin for parados

C19: from French, from para- ² + dos back, from Latin dorsum; compare parasol, parapet
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