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gunship

[guhn-ship] /ˈgʌnˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
a helicopter or fixed-wing airplane armed with rapid-fire guns or cannons and used to provide close air support for troops in combat.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; gun1 + ship
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