Definition of Exocet in English:

Exocet

noun

trademark
  • A French-made guided anti-ship missile.

    • ‘The Argentinians had no previous experience with antiship missiles, and the Exocet was a complicated and cranky weapon.’
    • ‘The company names its fireworks after missiles, including the Exocet and Tomahawk.’
    • ‘Likewise, the French enjoyed an excellent relationship with Iraq, with Mirage fighters, Exocets, surface-to-air, and anti-tank missiles following behind the nuclear plant in 1981-9.’

Origin

1970s: from French, literally flying fish, via Latin from Greek ekōkoitos fish that comes up on the beach (literally out of bed).

Pronunciation:

Exocet

/ˈɛksə(ʊ)sɛt/