Hand grenade

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A hand grenade is an anti-personnel weapon that explodes a short time after release.

Grenadiers were originally soldiers who specialized in throwing grenades. Today, some grenades are fired from rifles or from purpose-designed grenade launchers.

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Etymology

"Small explosive shell," 1590s, from Modern French grenade, meaning "pomegranate." From Old French pomegrenate (influence by Spanish granada), so called because the many-seeded fruit suggested the powder-filled, fragmenting bomb, or from similarities of shape.[1] Perhaps more than the shape, the behavior of a pomegranate is similar to that of a grenade in as much as it will explode when overripe in order to spread it's seeds over a wide perimeter. Hence the very apt naming of the weapon.

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