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poilu (n.)

French private soldier, 1914, from French poilu, literally "hairy," from poil "hair," not of the head, but of beards, animal coats, etc., from Latin pilus (see pile (n.3)). In 19c. French the adjective had a secondary sense of "strong, brave, courageous" (Balzac).

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Definitions of poilu from WordNet

poilu (n.)
a French soldier (especially in World War I);
poilu (n.)
thick stew made of rice and chicken and small game; southern U.S.;
Synonyms: purloo / chicken purloo
From wordnet.princeton.edu