tailhook

noun
tail·​hook | \ ˈtāl-ˌhu̇k How to pronounce tailhook (audio) \
variants: or tail hook

Definition of tailhook

: a retractable hook on the underside of the tail of a carrier-based airplane extended in landing to engage an arresting-gear cable on the deck of the carrier

First Known Use of tailhook

1942, in the meaning defined above

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