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petard

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noun pe·tard \pə-ˈtär(d)\

Definition of petard

  1. 1 :  a case containing an explosive to break down a door or gate or breach a wall

  2. 2 :  a firework that explodes with a loud report



Origin of petard

Middle French, from peter to break wind, from pet expulsion of intestinal gas, from Latin peditum, from neuter of peditus, past participle of pedere to break wind; akin to Greek bdein to break wind


First Known Use: 1598

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