Borrowing from French grenade, from Old French grenate in the phrase pomme grenate (“pomegranate”), ultimately from Medieval Latin pomum (“apple”) + granatum (“having grains”). The -d developed in French under influence of Spanish granada.
grenade (plural grenades)
- A small explosive device, designed to be thrown by hand or launched from a grenade launcher.
- (obsolete) A pomegranate.
- (heraldry) A charge similar to a fireball, and made of a disc-shaped bomb shell, but with only one set of flames at the top.
- (slang) An unattractive girl.
Substantive use of Old French grenate in pomme grenate (“pomegranate”), from dialectal Italian pom granat, from Latin pomum granatum (“seeded fruit”), from grānātum. The -d- developed under influence from Spanish granada.
grenade f (plural grenades)
- insignia, badge
- (heraldry) pomegranate (Grenade de guerre is used in French to describe a grenade in English heraldry).