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bolide

[boh-lahyd, -lid] /ˈboʊ laɪd, -lɪd/
noun, Astronomy
1.
a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes; fireball.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < French < Greek bolid- (stem of bolís) missile
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British Dictionary definitions for bolide

bolide

/ˈbəʊlaɪd; -lɪd/
noun
1.
a large exceptionally bright meteor that often explodes Also called fireball
Word Origin
C19: from French, from bolis missile; see ballista
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