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ambuscade

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noun am·bus·cade \ˈam-bə-ˌskād, ˌam-bə-ˈ\

Definition of ambuscade

  1. :  ambush

ambuscade verb
am·bus·cad·er noun


Examples of ambuscade

  1. <warned by one of their scouts of an Apache ambuscade, the Comanches took a different path through the mountains>



Origin of ambuscade

Middle French embuscade, modification of Old Italian imboscata, from imboscare to place in ambush, from in (from Latin) + bosco forest, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German busc forest — more at in, bush


First Known Use: circa 1588


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