Nike

Nike

[nahy-kee]
noun
1.
the ancient Greek goddess of victory.
2.
one of a series of antiaircraft or antimissile missiles having two or three rocket stages.

Origin:
< Greek nī́kē victory, conquest

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Nike (ˈnaɪkiː)
 
n
Greek myth Roman counterpart: Victoria the winged goddess of victory
 
[from Greek: victory]

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Nike
1867, statue of the Gk. goddess of victory (identified by the Romans with their Victoria), lit. "victory," probably connected with neikos "quarrel, strife," neikein "to quarrel with." As a type of U.S. defensive surface-to-air missiles, attested from 1952.
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