grenade

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See also: Grenade and grénade

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Borrowing from French grenade, from Old French grenate in the phrase pomme grenate (pomegranate), ultimately from Medieval Latin pomum (apple) + granatum (having grains). The -d developed in French under influence of Spanish granada.

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grenade (plural grenades)

  1. (obsolete) A pomegranate.
  2. A small explosive device, designed to be thrown by hand or launched from a grenade launcher.
  3. (heraldry) A charge similar to a fireball, and made of a disc-shaped bomb shell, but with only one set of flames at the top.

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Etymology[edit]

Substantive use of Old French grenate in pomme grenate (pomegranate), from dialectal Italian pom granat, from Latin pomum granatum (seeded fruit), from grānātum. The -d- developed under influence from Spanish granada.

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grenade f (plural grenades)

  1. pomegranate
  2. grenade
  3. insignia, badge
  4. (heraldry) pomegranate (Grenade de guerre is used in French to describe a grenade in English heraldry).

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