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autogiro

[aw-tuh-jahy-roh] /ˌɔ təˈdʒaɪ roʊ/
noun, plural autogiros.
1.
an aircraft with an unpowered, horizontally rotating propeller on a shaft above the fuselage that provides lift for the machine, with forward propulsion being provided by a conventional propeller: superseded in most applications by the helicopter.
Also called gyrocopter, gyroplane.
Origin of autogiro
1920-1925
1920-25; formerly a trademark
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  • The design recalls the precursor of the helicopter, the autogiro.
  • She is giving demonstration flights of her autogiro, a plane with rotating blades on top as well as a propeller.
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autogiro

/ˌɔːtəʊˈdʒaɪrəʊ/
noun (pl) -ros
1.
a self-propelled aircraft supported in flight mainly by unpowered rotating horizontal blades Also called gyroplane Compare helicopter
Word Origin
C20: originally a trademark
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