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Thursday word: parados

parados (PAR-uh-dos) n., an embankment behind a military emplacement protecting it from a rear attack.


Not to be confused with parodos, the side entrances in an ancient Greek theater -- some dictionaries forward from this spelling to that entry. I also keep thinking it's part of the altar furniture of a church -- but that just may be me. Adopted around 1830 from French, from parer, defend + dos, back (from Latin, dorsum, from whence dorsal) -- in contrast with a parapet, "defend the breast."

The redoubts were shelled while I slept and one high explosive landed just behind the parados of the bomb supply.

---L.
Tags: french, noun, p
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