caracole

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See also: caracolé

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French caracole (noun, literally snail's shell), caracoler (verb).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

caracole (plural caracoles)

  1. A half-turn performed by a horse and rider in dressage.
  2. (military) A combat maneuver.
  3. (architecture) A spiral staircase.

Verb[edit]

caracole (third-person singular simple present caracoles, present participle caracoling, simple past and past participle caracoled)

  1. To execute a caracole.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
      Prince John, upon a grey and high-mettled palfrey, caracoled within the lists at the head of his jovial party, laughing loud with his train, and eyeing with all the boldness of royal criticism the beauties who adorned the lofty galleries.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing from Spanish caracol.

Noun[edit]

caracole f (plural caracoles)

  1. (architecture) caracole
  2. (Belgium) snail

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

caracole

  1. first-person singular present indicative of caracoler
  2. third-person singular present indicative of caracoler
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of caracoler
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of caracoler
  5. second-person singular imperative of caracoler

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