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contrail

[ kon-treyl ]
/ ˈkɒn treɪl /
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noun

a visible condensation of water droplets or ice crystals from the atmosphere, occurring in the wake of an aircraft, rocket, or missile under certain conditions.

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Also called condensation trail, exhaust trail, vapor trail.

Origin of contrail

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contrail
/ (ˈkɒntreɪl) /

noun

another name for vapour trail

Word Origin for contrail

C20: from con (densation) + trail
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