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noun
a plastic insulating body wrapping coated on one or both sides with aluminium foil which reflects back most of the body heat lost by radiation: carried by climbers, mountaineers, etc, for use in cases of exposure or exhaustion
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Word Origin for space blanket

C20: material originally developed as part of the US space programme
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