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A two-component rocket propellant, such as liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, fed separately to the combustion chamber as fuel and oxidizer. Also called dipropellant.
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(Astronautics) a rocket propellant consisting of two substances, usually a fuel and an oxidizer. Also called: dipropellant Compare monopropellant
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(ˌbaɪ prəˈpɛl ənt)

a missile or rocket propellant composed of fuel and oxidizer, the components of which are kept in separate compartments prior to combustion.
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