1 [jahy-roh]
noun, plural gyros.

1905–10; independent use of gyro- Unabridged


2 [jeer-oh, zheer-oh; Greek yee-raw]
noun Greek Cookery.
meat, usually lamb, roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly sliced, topped with onions, and usually served in a sandwich of pita bread.

1970–75; < Modern Greek gŷros literally, turn, revolution; see gyre Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
gyro (ˈdʒaɪrəʊ)
n , pl -ros
1.  See gyrocompass
2.  See gyroscope

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Word Origin & History

sandwich made from roasted lamb, late 20c., originally the meat itself, as roasted on a rotating spit, from Modern Gk. gyros "a circle," mistaken in Eng. for a plural and shorn of its -s.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. gyrocompass

  2. gyroscope

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