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Exocet

Line breaks: Exo¦cet
Pronunciation: /ˈɛksə(ʊ)sɛt
 
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Definition of Exocet in English:

noun

trademark
A French-made guided anti-ship missile.
Example sentences
  • The Argentinians had no previous experience with antiship missiles, and the Exocet was a complicated and cranky weapon.
  • The company names its fireworks after missiles, including the Exocet and Tomahawk.
  • Likewise, the French enjoyed an excellent relationship with Iraq, with Mirage fighters, Exocets, surface-to-air, and anti-tank missiles following behind the nuclear plant in 1981-9.

Origin

1970s: from French, literally 'flying fish', via Latin from Greek ekōkoitos 'fish that comes up on the beach' (literally 'out of bed').

Words that rhyme with Exocet

Somersetavocet

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