escarmouche

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French escarmuche, from Old French escharmuche ‎(skirmish), from Old Italian scaramuccia ‎(skirmish), from Lombardic *skirmjan ‎(to protect, defend), from Proto-Germanic *skirmijaną ‎(to shelter), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- ‎(to cut). Cognate with Old High German skirmen, scirmen ‎(to shield, defend, protect), skirm ‎(shade, protection). More at skirmish, screen.

NounEdit

escarmouche f ‎(plural escarmouches)

  1. skirmish, dispute
  2. (military) a small combat

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