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drogue

[drohg] /droʊg/
noun
1.
a bucket or canvas bag used as a sea anchor.
2.
Aeronautics.
  1. a funnel-shaped device attached to the end of a hose on a tanker aircraft for connecting with the probe of another aircraft to be refueled in flight.
  2. drogue parachute (def 1).
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; earlier drug, common dialectal variant of drag
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  • The remaining drifters either lost their drogue, went aground, or ceased transmitting before exiting the box.
British Dictionary definitions for drogue

drogue

/drəʊɡ/
noun
1.
any funnel-like device, esp one of canvas, used as a sea anchor
2.
  1. a small parachute released behind a jet aircraft to reduce its landing speed
  2. a small parachute released before a heavier main parachute during the landing of a spacecraft
3.
a device towed behind an aircraft as a target for firing practice
4.
a funnel-shaped device on the end of the refuelling hose of a tanker aircraft, to assist stability and the location of the probe of the receiving aircraft
5.
another name for windsock
Word Origin
C18: probably based ultimately on Old English dragan to draw
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