grenade

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See also: Grenade, grénade, and grenadé

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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grenade (plural grenades)

  1. A small explosive device, designed to be thrown by hand or launched from a grenade launcher.
  2. (obsolete) A pomegranate.
  3. (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.
  4. (slang) An unattractive girl.

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grenade (third-person singular simple present grenades, present participle grenading, simple past and past participle grenaded)

  1. To use grenade(s) upon.
    • 2001, Samuel Lyman Atwood Marshall, Island Victory: The Battle of Kwajalein Atoll, page 43:
      Some of the infantry got pinned down by it, and from cover kept up the battle by grenading rubble piles or any other likely spots ahead of them.
    • 2015, Gordon L. Rottman, The Hand Grenade, page 46:
      They advanced after grenading the next traverse, much like the British did.

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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grenade f (plural grenades)

  1. pomegranate
  2. grenade
  3. insignia, badge
  4. (heraldry) pomegranate (Grenade de guerre is used in French to describe a grenade in English heraldry).

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