Exocet

Exocet

[ek-soh-set]
Trademark.
a winged, radar-guided French anti-ship missile, launched from the surface or an aircraft, that skims the waves at close to the speed of sound.
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Exocet (ˈɛksəʊˌsɛt)
 
n
trademark a tactical missile with a high-explosive warhead, which is guided by computer and radar, travels at a very low altitude at high subsonic speed, and has a range of up to 70 km. It may be launched from a ship, aircraft, or submarine
 
[C20: from French, from New Latin Exocoetus volitans flying fish]

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Exocet
1970, proprietary name of a rocket-propelled short-range guided missile, trademarked 1970 by Société Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale, from Fr. exocet "flying fish," from L. exocoetus, from Gk. exokoitos "sleeping fish, fish that sleeps upon the beach," from exo "outside" + koitos "bed."
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