parapente

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parapente (ˈpærəˌpɛntɪ)
 
n
1.  another name for paraskiing
2.  the form of parachute used in this sport

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parapente

sport of flying parachutes with design modifications that enhance their gliding capabilities. Unlike hang gliders, their close relations, paragliders have no rigid framework; the parachute canopy acts as a wing and is constructed of fabric cells with openings at the front that allow them to be inflated by movement through the air-the "ram-air" effect

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