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Borrowed from French nacelle.

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nacelle (plural nacelles)

  1. A separate streamlined enclosure mounted on an aircraft to house an engine, cargo, or crew.
  2. The part between the tower and rotor of a wind turbine.
  3. The compartment that holds passengers on a hot-air balloon, a dirigible, or an aerostat; a gondola.
  4. (obsolete) A small boat.

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French nacele (small boat), from Late Latin navicella, diminutive of Latin navis (boat). Doublet of navicelle.

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nacelle f (plural nacelles)

  1. (literary) skiff
  2. gondola (of hot-air balloon etc.)
  3. pod (of spacecraft)
  4. cradle

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