\ ˌtrüdəˈlü \
plural trous-de-loup\ " \

Definition of trou-de-loup

: a pit in the form of an inverted cone or pyramid having a pointed stake in the middle and forming one of a group constructed as an obstacle to the movements of an enemy usually used in plural

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History and Etymology for trou-de-loup

French, literally, wolf's hole

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“Trou-de-loup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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