‹dated› an ambush.
• our sensibilities are being battered with reports of killings and ambuscades.
II. verb — [with obj.] 1.
‹archaic› ambush (someone).
• French and his companions were ambuscaded by the Indians.
– origin late 16th cent.: from French embuscade, from Italian imboscata, Spanish emboscada, or Portuguese embuscada, based on a late Latin word meaning ‘to place in a wood’; related to bush1.