Definition of flechette in English:

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flechette

Pronunciation: /fleɪˈʃɛt/
/flɛˈʃɛt/

noun

A type of ammunition resembling a small dart, shot from a gun.
Example sentences
  • Paul had also heard about the idea of using flechettes as ammunition.
  • I just pulled the rifle's trigger, and a burst of flechettes hit the sentry right in the forehead.
  • When fired, the cartridge activated within 3 meters of the muzzle to spray flechettes in a shotgun-like blast.

Origin

First World War: from French fléchette, diminutive of flèche 'arrow'.

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