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bazooka

[ buh-zoo-kuh ]
/ bəˈzu kə /
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noun Military.

a tube-shaped, portable rocket launcher that fires a rocket capable of penetrating several inches of armor plate, as of a tank or other armored military vehicle.

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Origin of bazooka

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; from its resemblance to a musical instrument so named, invented and played by comedian Bob Burns in the 1930s and 1940s

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British Dictionary definitions for bazooka

bazooka
/ (bəˈzuːkə) /

noun

a portable tubular rocket-launcher that fires a projectile capable of piercing armour: used by infantrymen as a short-range antitank weapon

Word Origin for bazooka

C20: named after a pipe instrument invented by Bob Burns (1896–1956), American comedian
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