flechette

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World War I air dropped flechettes

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Etymology[edit]

From French fléchette (small arrow), diminutive of flèche (arrow).

Noun[edit]

flechette (plural flechettes)

  1. A small sharp antipersonnel projectile, used as shrapnel, fired from a shotgun, or scattered from an aircraft.
  2. (dated) The game of lawn darts.
    • 1907, Country-side: A Wildlife Magazine, v 5 (1907), p 26. British Empire Naturalist's Association.
      The Game of Flechette can be confidently recommended to amuse the seniors at a garden party

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