escarmouche

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French escarmuche, from Old French escharmuche (skirmish), from Old Italian scaramuccia (skirmish), from Lombardic *skirmjan or Frankish *skirmijan, from Proto-Germanic *skirmijaną (to shelter), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to cut). Cognate with Old High German skirmen, scirmen (to shield, defend, protect), skirm (shade, protection). More at skirmish, screen.

Noun[edit]

escarmouche f (plural escarmouches)

  1. skirmish; dispute
  2. (military) skirmish (small combat)

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