guerrilla


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Guerrilla \Guer*ril"la\, n. [Sp., lit., a little war, skirmish,
   dim. of guerra war, fr. OHG. werra discord, strife. See
   War.]
   1. An irregular mode of carrying on war, by the constant
      attacks of independent bands, adopted in the north of
      Spain during the Peninsular war.
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   2. One who carries on, or assists in carrying on, irregular
      warfare; especially, a member of an independent band
      engaged in predatory excursions in war time.
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   Note: The term guerrilla is the diminutive of the Spanish
         word guerra, war, and means petty war, that is, war
         carried on by detached parties; generally in the
         mountains. . . . A guerrilla party means, an irregular
         band of armed men, carrying on an irregular war, not
         being able, according to their character as a guerrilla
         party, to carry on what the law terms a regular war.
         --F. Lieder.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Guerrilla \Guer*ril"la\, a.
   Pertaining to, or engaged in, warfare carried on irregularly
   and by independent bands; as, a guerrilla party; guerrilla
   warfare.
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