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fléchette

[fley-shet] /fleɪˈʃɛt/
noun, plural fléchettes
[fley-shets; French fley-shet] /fleɪˈʃɛts; French fleɪˈʃɛt/ (Show IPA)
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
1910-1915
1910-15; < French; see flèche, -ette
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fléchette

/fleɪˈʃɛt/
noun
1.
a steel dart or missile dropped from an aircraft, as in World War I
Word Origin
from French; see flèche
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