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Stuka

[stoo-kuh; German shtoo-kah]
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noun
  1. a German two-seated dive bomber with a single in-line engine, used by the Luftwaffe in World War II.
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Origin of Stuka

1940–45; < German Stu(rz)- ka(mpfflugzeug) dive bomber, equivalent to Sturz dive + Kampfflugzeug combat plane
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Examples from the Web for stuka

Historical Examples

  • The Stuka was sloping down toward one of the transport ships.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • The diving Stuka's death load hit on the far side of the road.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • No one challenged Garret when he claimed one Stuka and a Messerschmitt.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • They sent the Stuka into a nose dive, spewing bombs to lighten their load, but they were not fast enough.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • His Brownings opened up and he saw the Stuka stagger and swerve as he thundered past in a hissing dive.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.

    Rutherford G. Montgomery


Word Origin and History for stuka

Stuka

n.

German dive bomber of World War II, 1940, from German shortening of Sturzkampfflugzeug, from sturz "fall" + kampf "battle" + flugzeug "aircraft."

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