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drogue parachute

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noun
  1. Also called drogue. a small parachute that deploys first in order to pull a larger parachute from its pack.
  2. Also called drag parachute. a parachute used to slow a vehicle or aircraft.

Origin of drogue parachute

First recorded in 1950–55
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