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gunship

[guhn-ship]
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noun
  1. a helicopter or fixed-wing airplane armed with rapid-fire guns or cannons and used to provide close air support for troops in combat.

Origin of gunship

First recorded in 1965–70; gun1 + ship1
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  • The seventy-four gunship, Gabriel Conroy, was clearing the decks for action.

    Gabriel Conroy

    Bert Harte