[ ek-soh-set ]
/ ˈɛk soʊˌsɛt /
a winged, radar-guided French anti-ship missile, launched from the surface or an aircraft, that skims the waves at close to the speed of sound.
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British Dictionary definitions for exocet
/ (ˈɛksəʊˌsɛt) /
trademark a tactical missile with a high-explosive warhead, which is guided by computer and radar, travels at a very low altitude at high subsonic speed, and has a range of up to 70 km. It may be launched from a ship, aircraft, or submarine
Word Origin for Exocet
C20: from French, from New Latin Exocoetus volitans flying fish
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