para·​foil | \ ˈparəˌfȯil \

Definition of parafoil

: a self-inflating fabric device that resembles a parachute, behaves in flight like an airplane wing, is maneuverable, is capable of landing a payload at slow speed, and can be launched from the ground in a high wind like a kite

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First Known Use of parafoil

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parafoil

para- (as in parachute entry 1) + -foil (as in airfoil)

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“Parafoil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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