1A spiked metal device thrown on the ground to impede wheeled vehicles or (formerly) cavalry horses: militant demonstrators threw a box of caltrops across the highway
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- The plot progresses like a horse marching over caltrops, jerking wildly every time its foot encounters the next point.
- It was a combination of towers, palisades, ditches, abatis, and caltrops to slow the attacking Gauls, so that Roman missile engines could more effectively engage them.
- He didn't know what weapon he possessed, if any, beyond the caltrops.
2A creeping plant with woody carpels that typically have hard spines and resemble military caltrops.
- Genus Tribulus, family Zygophyllaceae
- Caltrop is quite rare in Cottesloe, as far as I know, and it looks like this infestation may have been introduced during works associated with the path construction, perhaps.
- Caltrop is a perennial herb that can infest a wide variety of crops and pastures.
- Caltrop is an herbaceous annual that commonly grows prostrated on the ground.
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