fraise

noun
\ ˈfrāz How to pronounce fraise (audio) \

Definition of fraise

: an obstacle of pointed stakes driven into the ramparts of a fortification in a horizontal or inclined position

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The Wines hired a gardener to work a five acre plot at their house in New Paltz, growing food for the restaurant — beans and peas and Cavaillon melons, flowers for the tables, fraises des bois for dessert. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013

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First Known Use of fraise

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fraise

borrowed from French, literally, "pleated collar, ruff," probably from fraise "mesentery of a calf" (compared in appearance), going back to Middle French, noun derivative of fraiser, fraser "to unwrap, shell (as a bean)," going back to Old French, going back to Vulgar Latin *frēsāre, derivative of Latin frēsa (in faba frēsa "ground bean"), feminine of frēsus, past participle of frendere "to gnash, crush, grind," going back to Indo-European *gwhrend(h)- "grind" — more at grind entry 1

Note: The French outcomes of Vulgar Latin close e in *frēsāre are irregular and appear to show crossing with another word or words.

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fraise

noun
\ ˈfrāz How to pronounce fraise (audio) \

Medical Definition of fraise

: a surgical burr shaped like a cone or hemisphere

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