variants or less commonly cyclogyro
¦⸗⸗ at cyclo-+¦jī(ˌ)rō
plural -s
: a rotary-wing aircraft whose support in the air is normally derived from airfoils arranged like the paddles of a paddle wheel, mechanically rotated about horizontal axes perpendicular to the plane of symmetry of the aircraft, and having an angle of attack that is always less than the stalling angle

Word History


cycl- + giro, gyro

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“Cyclogiro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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