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bolide

[ boh-lahyd, -lid ]
/ ˈboʊ laɪd, -lɪd /
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noun Astronomy.

a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes; fireball.

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Origin of bolide

1850–55; <French <Greek bolid- (stem of bolís) missile
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British Dictionary definitions for bolide

bolide
/ (ˈbəʊlaɪd, -lɪd) /

noun

a large exceptionally bright meteor that often explodesAlso called: fireball
C19: from French, from bolis missile; see ballista
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