ca·​mou·​flet | \ ¦kamə¦flā \
plural -s

Definition of camouflet

1 : a mine so charged and placed that its detonation will destroy enemy mining tunnels
2a : an underground or subsurface explosion of a bomb or shell that leaves a sealed pocket of smoke and gas
b : a pocket formed in this way

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History and Etymology for camouflet

French, literally, smoke blown into a sleeper's face from lighted paper

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“Camouflet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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