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Topic: AIR

Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: para- (as in parasol) + chute 'fall'

parachute

1 noun
     
parachute
par‧a‧chute1 [countable]
TTA a piece of equipment fastened to the back of people who jump out of planes, which makes them fall slowly and safely to the ground:
a parachute jump
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