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aeolipile

[ee-ol-uh-pahyl] /iˈɒl əˌpaɪl/
noun
1.
a round vessel caused to rotate by the force of tangentially escaping steam: an early example of jet propulsion.
2.
a device for injecting the vapors of heated alcohol into a laboratory furnace.
Origin of aeolipile
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin aeolīpilae balls of Aeolus, alteration of aeolīpylae gates of Aeolus, equivalent to Aeolī (genitive singular of Aeolus) + pylae, plural of pyla < Greek pýlē gate
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British Dictionary definitions for aeolipile

aeolipile

/iːˈɒlɪˌpaɪl/
noun
1.
a device illustrating the reactive forces of a gas jet: usually a spherical vessel mounted so as to rotate and equipped with angled exit pipes from which steam within it escapes
Word Origin
C17: from Latin aeolīpilae balls of Aeolus or aeolīpylae gates of Aeolus
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