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Main Entry: 1rock·et
Pronunciation: primarystressräk-schwat
Function: noun
Etymology: from Italian rocchetta, literally "a small stick or rod on which wool is held for spinning," from rocca "distaff"; probably so called because of its shape
1 : a firework that is driven through the air by the gases produced by a burning substance
2 : a jet engine that operates like a firework rocket but carries its own oxygen for burning the fuel and is therefore able to run without the oxygen of the air
3 : an object (as a missile) that is driven by a rocket

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