Katyusha

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From Russian Катю́ша (Katjúša, Katya) diminutive of Ка́тя (Kátja, Katya), in turn diminutive of Екатери́на (Jekaterína, Katherine).

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Katyusha (plural Katyushas)

  1. A type of artillery rocket launcher consisting of an array of rockets mounted on a truck, originated in the Soviet Union.
  2. A type of rocket which can be launched from a Katyusha.
    • 1966, Wernher Von Braun and Frederick Ira Ordway, History of Rocketry & Space Travel, Crowell, p 88:
      The development of these projectors was spurred During World War II, the Soviet Union fired Katyusha rockets from the ground or truck mounted racks. The standard Katyushas were 6 feet long, weighed 92.5 pounds, and had a range of 3 miles.
    • 1970, Muʼassasat al-Dirāsāt al-Filasṭīnīyah, The Arabs under Israeli occupation, Beirut: Institute for Palestine Studies, p 24:
      A curfew was clamped down on December 21 upon the Arab village of Battir, south of Jerusalem, near where security forces on December 20 found the rocket launchers from which two Katyushas were earlier fired into a Jerusalem residential area.

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