fraise

noun \ ˈfrāz \

Definition of fraise

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

Origin and Etymology of 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 1grind
Note: The French outcomes of Vulgar Latin close e in *frēsāre are irregular and appear to show crossing with another word or words.


Medical Dictionary

fraise

noun \ ˈfrāz \

medical Definition of fraise

: a surgical burr shaped like a cone or hemisphere

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