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A shoulder-held weapon consisting of a long metal smoothbore tube for firing armor-piercing rockets at short range.
[After the bazooka, , a crude wind instrument made of pipes, invented and named by Bob Burns (1890-1956), American comedian, probably from bazoo, kazoo, mouth, voice.]
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a portable tubular rocket-launcher that fires a projectile capable of piercing armour: used by infantrymen as a short-range antitank weapon
[C20: named after a pipe instrument invented by Bob Burns (1896–1956), American comedian]
n., pl. -kas.
a tube-shaped, portable rocket launcher that fires a missile capable of penetrating the armor plate of a tank.
[1940–45, Amer.; so called from its resemblance to a musical instrument so named]
See also related terms for trumpet.