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A French soldier, especially in World War I.
[French, hairy, tough, poilu, from Old French pelu, hairy, from Vulgar Latin *pilūtus, from Latin pilus, hair.]
poilu(ˈpwɑːluː; French pwaly)
(Military) an infantryman in the French Army, esp one in the front lines in World War I
[C20: from French, literally: hairy (that is, virile), from poil hair, from Latin pilus a hair]
poi•lu(ˈpwɑ lu; Fr. pwaˈlü)
n., pl. -lus (-luz; Fr. -ˈlü)
a French common soldier.
[1910–15; < French, hairy, haired; Middle French, Old French pelu < Vulgar Latin *pilūtus < Latin pil(us) hair]
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|Noun||1.||poilu - a French soldier (especially in World War I)|
soldier - an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"
|2.||poilu - thick stew made of rice and chicken and small game; southern U.S.|
stew - food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables