ferdinand von, count zeppelin

Zeppelin

[tsep-uh-leen, tsep-uh-leen; English zep-uh-lin]
noun
Count Ferdinand von [fer-di-nahnt fuhn] , 1838–1917, German general and aeronaut: designer and manufacturer of the zeppelin.
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zeppelin (ˈzɛpəlɪn)
 
n
(sometimes capital) a large cylindrical rigid airship built from 1900 to carry passengers, and used in World War I for bombing and reconnaissance
 
[C20: named after Count von Zeppelin]

Zeppelin (German ˈtsɛpəliːn)
 
n
Count Ferdinand von (ˈfɛrdinant fɔn). 1838--1917, German aeronautical pioneer, who designed and manufactured airships (zeppelins)

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zeppelin
1900, from Ger. Zeppelin, short for Zeppelinschiff "Zeppelin ship," after Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917), Ger. general who perfected its design.
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