or Die·sel-e·lec·tric

[dee-zuh l-i-lek-trik, -suh l-]
  1. having an electric motor powered directly by an electric generator or by batteries charged by the generator, with the generator being driven by a diesel engine: a diesel-electric locomotive.

Origin of diesel-electric

First recorded in 1920–25
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  1. a locomotive fitted with a diesel engine driving an electric generator that feeds electric traction motors
  1. of or relating to such a locomotive or system
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