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bolide

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noun bo·lide \ˈbō-ˌlīd, -lid\

Definition of bolide

  1. :  a large meteor :  fireball; especially :  one that explodes



Did You Know?

Bolide, like "fireball," is a name applied to very bright meteors that often trail sparks. A clue to the origins of "bolide" can be found in the missile-like appearance of these meteors. The Greek bolis, which comes from "bolē" ("throw" or "stroke"), literally means "missile" or "javelin." "Bolis" is the source of the Latin name given to these spectacular meteors, which is also "bolis." The word became "bolide" in French, from which it was borrowed by the English language in the mid-19th century.

Origin of bolide

French, from Latin bolid-, bolis, from Greek, from bolē throw, stroke


First Known Use: 1834


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