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Definition of grenadier:

  1. A bright- colored South African grosbeak ( Pyromelana orix), having the back red and the lower parts black.
  2. Any marine fish of the genus Macrurus, in which the body and tail taper to a point; they mostly inhabit the deep sea; - called also onion fish, and rat- tail fish.
  3. Originaly, a soldier who carried and threw grenades; afterward, one of a company attached to each regiment or battalion, taking post on the right of the line, and wearing a peculiar uniform. In modern times, a member of a special regiment or corps; as, a grenadier of the guard of Napoleon I. one of the regiment of Grenadier Guards of the British army, etc.

Synonyms:

airwoman, GI, grenade thrower, bombardier, cannon fodder, rattail fish, Green Beret, airman, foot soldier, commando, crew, rattail.

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