A defensive encampment encircled by armored vehicles or wagons.
intr.v. laa·gered, laa·ger·ing, laa·gers
To camp in a defensive encirclement.
[Alteration of obsolete Afrikaans lager, probably from German Lager, camp, lair, from Middle High German leger, bed, lair, from Old High German legar; see legh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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