bolide

bolide

[boh-lahyd, -lid]
noun Astronomy.
a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes; fireball.

Origin:
1850–55; < French < Greek bolid- (stem of bolís) missile

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bolide (ˈbəʊlaɪd, -lɪd)
 
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Also called: fireball a large exceptionally bright meteor that often explodes
 
[C19: from French, from bolis missile; see ballista]

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