bird strike

noun

: a collision involving an aircraft and one or more birds in flight
Every year pilots in the U.S. report more than 5,000 bird strikes, which cause at least $400 million in damage to commercial and military aircraft. Phil Scott, Scientific American, September 1999

Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bird strike was in 1960

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“Bird strike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird%20strike. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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