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parapente

/ˈpærəˌpɛntɪ/
noun
1.
another name for paraskiing
2.
the form of parachute used in this sport
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paragliding

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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