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From Middle English enbuschen, from Old French enbuscier, anbuchier (verb) (whence Middle French embusche (noun)), from Old French en- + Vulgar Latin boscus (wood), from Frankish *busk (bush), from Proto-Germanic *buskaz (bush, heavy stick). Compare ambuscade. The change to am- from earlier forms in en- is unexplained. More at bush.



ambush (plural ambushes)

  1. The act of concealing oneself and lying in wait to attack by surprise.
  2. An attack launched from a concealed position.
  3. The concealed position or state from which a surprise attack is launched.
  4. The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; those who lie in wait.

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ambush (third-person singular simple present ambushes, present participle ambushing, simple past and past participle ambushed)

  1. (transitive) To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.
  2. (transitive) To attack by ambush; to waylay.

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