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

  Cordon \Cor"don\ (k[^o]r"d[o^]n; F. k[^o]r`d[^o]N"), n. [F., fr.
     corde. See Cord.]
     1. A cord or ribbon bestowed or borne as a badge of honor; a
        broad ribbon, usually worn after the manner of a baldric,
        constituting a mark of a very high grade in an honorary
        order. Cf. Grand cordon.
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     2. The cord worn by a Franciscan friar. --Sir E. Sandys.
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     3. (Fort.) The coping of the scarp wall, which projects
        beyong the face of the wall a few inches.
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     4. (Mil.) A line or series of sentinels, or of military
        posts, inclosing or guarding any place or thing.
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     5. A rich and ornamental lace or string, used to secure a
        mantle in some costumes of state.
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     Cordon+sanitaire+(k?r`{d?n">Cordon sanitaire (k?r`{d?n" s?`n?`t?r") [F., sanitary
        cordon], a line of troops or military posts around a
        district infected with disease, to cut off communication,
        and thus prevent the disease from spreading. Also used
        figuratively, of a group of neutral states that forms a
        barrier between two hostile states.
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