Trou-de-loup
Trou-de-loup Trou"-de-loup", n.; pl. {Trous-de-loup}. [F. trou hole + de of + loup wolf.] (Mil.) A pit in the form of an inverted cone or pyramid, constructed as an obstacle to the approach of an enemy, and having a pointed stake in the middle. The pits are called also {trapholes}. [1913 Webster]

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  • trou-de-loup — [tro͞o΄də lo͞o′] n. pl. trous de loup [tro͞o΄də lo͞o′] [Fr, lit., wolf hole] Mil. any of the conical pits with a vertical pointed stake in the center of each, formerly built in rows as an obstacle to the enemy, esp. to enemy cavalry …   English World dictionary

  • Trou de loup — In mediaeval fortification, a trou de loup (French for wolf hole ; plural trous de loup, also commonly referred to as a tiger pit in the East) was a type of booby trap or defensive obstacle. Each trou de loup consisted of an inverted conical pit… …   Wikipedia

  • trou-de-loup — /troohd l ooh /, n., pl. trous de loup /troohd l ooh /. Mil. a conical or pyramidal pit with a pointed stake fixed vertically in the center, rows of which are dug in front of a fortification to hinder an enemy s approach, formerly used chiefly… …   Universalium

  • trou-de-loup — /tru də ˈlu/ (say trooh duh looh) noun (plural trous de loups /tru də ˈlu/ (say trooh duh looh)) a conical or pyramidal pit with a pointed stake fixed vertically in the centre, rows of which are dug in front of a position to hinder an enemy s… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Trou-de-loup — Fr. ‘wolf traps’. Defensive potholes dug in front of Flemish lines at the Battle of Courtai to break up the French cavalry charge …   Medieval glossary

  • trou-de-loup — noun a sloping pit with a stake in the middle used as an obstacle to the enemy • Hypernyms: ↑pit, ↑cavity …   Useful english dictionary

  • Trous-de-loup — Trou de loup Trou de loup , n.; pl. {Trous de loup}. [F. trou hole + de of + loup wolf.] (Mil.) A pit in the form of an inverted cone or pyramid, constructed as an obstacle to the approach of an enemy, and having a pointed stake in the middle.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trous-de-loup — plural of trou de loup * * * trous de loup pl. of trou de loup …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vesse-de-loup perlée — Vesse de loup perlée …   Wikipédia en Français

  • trou — [ tru ] n. m. • mil. XIIIe; trau XIIe; lat. pop. °traucum, lat. médiév. attesté traugum, probablt d o. prélatine A ♦ 1 ♦ Abaissement ou enfoncement (naturel ou artificiel) de la surface extérieure de qqch. ⇒ cavité, creux, dépression, excavation …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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