Definition of drogue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

drogue

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//drəʊɡ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//droʊɡ//
 
 
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a small parachute, used to pull a larger one from its bag Word Origin early 18th cent. (originally a whaling term denoting a piece of stout board attached to a harpoon line, used to slow down or mark the position of a harpooned whale): perhaps related to drag.
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