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nacelle

[ nuh-sel ]
/ nəˈsɛl /
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noun

the enclosed part of an airplane, dirigible, etc., in which the engine is housed or in which cargo or passengers are carried.
the car of a balloon.

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Origin of nacelle

1475–85; <French: a small boat <Late Latin nāvicella, for Latin nāvicula, equivalent to nāvi(s) ship (see nave) + -cula-cule1
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British Dictionary definitions for nacelle

nacelle
/ (nəˈsɛl) /

noun

a streamlined enclosure on an aircraft, not part of the fuselage, to accommodate an engine, passengers, crew, etc

Word Origin for nacelle

C20: from French: small boat, from Late Latin nāvicella, a diminutive of Latin nāvis ship
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