écueil

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French escueil, borrowed from Old Occitan escueyll, from Vulgar Latin *scoclus, from Latin scopulus, from Ancient Greek σκόπελος (skópelos, lookout place: hence peak, headland, promontory). Compare Catalan escull, Italian scoglio and the derived Portuguese escolho / Spanish escollo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /e.kœj/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

écueil m (plural écueils)

  1. (shallow) reef, shelf
  2. (figuratively) pitfall, stumbling block
    Synonym: pierre d'achoppement

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