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cal·trop / ˈkaltrəp; ˈkôl-/ (also caltrap) • n. 1. a spiked metal ball thrown on the ground to impede wheeled vehicles or (formerly) cavalry horses. 2. a creeping plant (genus Tribulus, family Zygophyllaceae) with woody carpels that typically have hard spines. 3. (also water caltrop) another term for water chestnut (sense 3).

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caltrop 2 †trap, snare XIII; (mil.) iron ball with sharp spikes XVI. ME. calketrap — OF. kauketrape, dial. var. of c(h)auchetrape, later (mod.) chaussetrape, f. chauchier (mod. côcher) tread + trappe trap; ult. identical with prec.

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caltrop 1 (usu. pl.) name of various plants that entangle the feet; (later) star-thistle, Trapa natans. OE. calcatrippe, ME. calketrappe — medL. calcatrippa.

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caltrops See chestnut.

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caltrop •ketchup •callop, escallop, escalope, gallop, galop, Salop, shallop •develop, envelop •collop, dollop, gollop, lollop, scallop, scollop, trollop, Trollope, wallop •codswallop • Stanhope • larrup •satrap • caltrop •stirrup, syrup (US sirup) •Europearchbishop, bishop •tittup

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Caltrops

Caltrops

CALTROPS. Caltrops were known by the less sophisticated name of "Crowsfeet" during the Revolution.

SEE ALSO Crowsfeet.

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