sauterelle

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

French sauterelle

Noun[edit]

sauterelle (plural sauterelles)

  1. An instrument used by masons and others to trace and form angles.
  2. A type of crossbow for throwing hand grenades or small bombs into enemy trenches, used by the French and British soldiers on the Western Front during World War I.

French[edit]

une sauterelle (1)
sauterelle (2)

Etymology[edit]

From sauter +‎ -elle.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /so.tʁɛl/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

sauterelle f (plural sauterelles)

  1. grasshopper
    • 1984, “Marcia Baïla”, in Rita Mitsouko, performed by Les Rita Mitsouko:
      C’est elle la sauterelle / La sirène en mal d’amour / Le danseur dans la flanelle / Ou le carton
      She is the grasshopper / The lovelorn mermaid / The dancer in the flannel / Or the cardboard
  2. (masonry) sauterelle (instrument to trace and form angles)
    Synonym: fausse équerre

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