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Hello, in french[edit]

Trapa natans, water caltrop
  • defensive weapon : french slave-traders used to carry in their ship-holds caskets full of iron caltrops, which they called "pigeons" , and believed to be very useful in keeping bare-footed uprising slaves from reaching the poop.
  • we write either "chausse-trape" or "chausse-trappe" .
  • botany : we now often find along our lake shores black horny seeds of Trapa natans , or Trapa bicornis ( in french mâcre, châtaigne d'eau, corne du diable)...Hoping not to stumble some day on an Harpagophytum procumbens seed...(BTW , the spanish name "abrojo" recalls one to be wary & to keep one's eyes open not to step unpon it.) T.y. Arapaima 08:48, 31 January 2011 (UTC)