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 pits are called also {trapholes}. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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 — 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 {tra …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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

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