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 for commando
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commando \Com*man"do\, n. [D. See Command, v. t.]
     1. In South Africa, a military body or command; also,
        sometimes, an expedition or raid; as, a commando of a
        hundred Boers.
              The war bands, called commandos, have played a great
              part in the . . . military history of the country.
                                                    --James Bryce.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     2. a usually small military unit trained to perform special
        missions, often behind enemy lines, and usually employing
        hit-and-run tactics. Such units often have the destruction
        of fixed targets, such as enemy installations, as their
        mission, in contrast to normal combat units which engage
        the enemy army directly.
     3. a member of a commando[2] unit.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a member of a military unit trained as shock troops for
           hit-and-run raids [syn: commando, ranger]
      2: an amphibious military unit trained for raids into enemy

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