écueil

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

écueil m (plural écueils)

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

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