Word for Wednesday: Rocket

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Our Word for Wednesday theme this month is fireworks.

firework is a device with an explosive that burns with coloured flames. The word dates to the 1570s fro

Over November we’ve looked at the words sparkler, fountain, and Catherine wheel. Our final fireworks-themed word for the month is rocket

A rocket is a firework that propels high into the sky when lit and produces sparks and whistles. The word has been used since the 1610s and comes from the Italian ‘rocchetto’ which means 'bobbin' (in reference to how a rocket spins), from ‘rocca’ meaning ‘distaff’. The word took on its space-related meaning in 1919. 


24 Nov 2021
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