sabot [sab-oh; French sa-boh]
noun, plural sabots [sab-ohz; French sa-boh]
1. a shoe made of a single block of wood hollowed out, worn especially by farmers and workers in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, etc.
2. a shoe with a thick wooden sole and sides and a top of coarse leather.
a. a wooden or metal disk formerly attached to a projectile in a muzzleloading cannon.
b. a soft metal ring at the base of a projectile that makes the projectile conform to the rifling grooves of a gun.
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Origin: 1600-10; < French, Old French çabot, blend of savate old shoe (of uncertain origin; akin to Old Provençal sabata, Italian ciabatta, Spanish zapato) and bot boot
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