One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small bomb thrown by hand or launched mechanically.
projectile, bombView synonyms
- ‘At the moment they are still chucking stones, petrol bombs and grenades at us.’
- ‘Their unit was ambushed with bombs, grenades and petrol bombs, but the soldiers managed to escape their vehicle before it burned out.’
- ‘They have found and deactivated some tens of thousands of munitions and grenades.’
- ‘According to eyewitness, a grenade exploded in the main market causing injuries to at least 15 people, out of whom two succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.’
- ‘As the patrol drove off, two rocket-propelled grenades were launched from a house.’
- 1.1 A glass receptacle containing chemicals which are released when the receptacle is thrown and broken, used for testing drains and extinguishing fires.
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘pomegranate’): from French, alteration of Old French ( pome) grenate (see pomegranate), on the pattern of Spanish granada. The bomb was so named because it supposedly resembled a pomegranate in shape.
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