poilu[pwä lo̵̅o̅′, pwä′lo̵̅o̅′; Fr pwȧ lü′]
poilu definition by Webster's New World
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Slang a soldier in the French army: term used esp. in WWI
Origin: French hairy, virile ; from poil, hair ; from Classical Latin pilus: see pile
poilu definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A French soldier, especially in World War I.
Origin: French, hairy, tough, poilu, from Old French pelu, hairy, from Vulgar Latin *pilūtus, from Latin pilus, hair.