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Wankel

[ wahng-kuh l, wang-; German vahng-kuh l ]
/ ˈwɑŋ kəl, ˈwæŋ-; German ˈvɑŋ kəl /

noun

Fe·lix [fee-liks; German fey-liks] /ˈfi lɪks; German ˈfeɪ lɪks/, 1902–88, German engineer: inventor of rotary engine.
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Word Origin and History for wankel

Wankel


n.

type of rotary internal combustion engine, 1961, from name of German engineer Felix Wankel (1902-1988).

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