One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A powerful anti-tank mine in the form of a large plate or disc, used by German forces during the Second World War (1939–45).
1940s. From German Tellermine from Teller plate (13th cent.; from Old French tailleor serving platter, plate on which meats are cut from taillier to cut + -eor) + Mine.
Teller mine/ˈtɛlə mʌɪn/
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