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ambulance

am·bu·lance

ambulance

 
pronunciation:
aem by lns
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part of speech: noun
definition: a vehicle equipped to carry ill or injured people.
 
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Word History
The English word ambulance was formed from hopital ambulant, French words that mean "walking hospital." It was first used in the 1800s as a name for the carts that carried soldiers injured in the Crimean War. In the Crimean War, France and England were allies and fought against Russia.
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