- a small bomb detonated by a fuze and thrown by hand or fired from a rifle
- a glass container to be thrown so that it will break and disperse the chemicals inside: used for putting out fires, spreading tear gas, etc.
Origin: Fr < OFr, pomegranate < L (malum) granatum, (apple) with seeds, pomegranate < granatus, seedy < granum, seed, grain
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- A small bomb or explosive missile that is detonated by a fuse and thrown by hand or shot from a rifle or launcher.
- A glass container filled with a chemical such as tear gas that is dispersed when the container is thrown and broken.
Origin: French, from Old French (pome) grenate, pomegranate (from its shape); see pomegranate.