[gren-uh-deer] /ˌgrɛn əˈdɪər/

(in the British army) a member of the first regiment of household infantry (Grenadier Guards)
(formerly) a specially selected foot soldier in certain elite units.
(formerly) a soldier who threw .
Also called rat-tail, rat tail. any of several deep-sea fishes of the family Macrouridae, having an elongated, tapering tail.

Also called rat-tail. any deep-sea gadoid fish of the family Macrouridae, typically having a large head and trunk and a long tapering tail
any of various African weaverbirds of the genus Estrilda See waxbill

1670s, originally a word for soldiers “who were dexterous in flinging hand-granados” [Evelyn], from French grenadier (15c.), from Middle French grenade “grenade” (see grenade); later “the tallest and finest men in the regiment” [OED].


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