Definition of Exocet in English:

Exocet

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Argentinians had no previous experience with antiship missiles, and the Exocet was a complicated and cranky weapon.’

Origin

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

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