phugoid

[fyoo-goid]

adjective Aerospace.

of or relating to long-period oscillation in the longitudinal motion of an aircraft, rocket, or missile.

Origin of phugoid

1905–10; irregular < Greek phyg(ḗ) flight + -oid
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