nacelle

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noun na·celle \nə-ˈsel\

Definition of nacelle

  1. :  a streamlined enclosure (as for an engine) on an aircraft

Origin and Etymology of nacelle

French, literally, small boat, from Late Latin navicella, diminutive of Latin navis ship — more at nave


First Known Use: 1904



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