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2010-01-11 14:16:35

The Spanish government is hoping to save a dried wetland from an underground peat fire by unleashing floodwaters onto an expanse of the marsh now under threat due to past water mismanagement.


Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.