Definition for AM'BUS-CADE

AM'BUS-CADE, n. [Fr. embuscade; Sp. and Port. emboscada; It. imboscata; from It. imboscare, Sp. emboscar, to lie in bushes, or concealed; in and bosco, bosque, a wood; Eng. bush.]

  1. Literally, a lying in a wood, concealed, for the purpose of attacking an enemy by surprise: hence, a lying in wait, and concealed in any situation, for a like purpose.
  2. A private station in which troops lie concealed, with a view to attack their enemy by surprise; ambush.

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