fléchette

fléchette

[fley-shet]
noun, plural fléchettes [fley-shets; French fley-shet] .
1.
Military. a small, dartlike metal projectile used as shrapnel in antipersonnel bombs and shells.
2.
a bullet with a thin, hard metal spine, designed to tumble on impact and thus cause an incapacitating wound.

Origin:
1910–15; < French; see flèche, -ette

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fléchette (fleɪˈʃɛt)
 
n
a steel dart or missile dropped from an aircraft, as in World War I
 
[from French; see flèche]

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