Definitions

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  • proper noun A race of tiny birds
  • proper noun The Iranian made UAV

Etymologies

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From Arabic أبابيل (’abābīl, "tiny birds"), as described in the Qur'an as dropping red clay bricks on the army of elephants, sent by the king of Yemen to attack the city of Mecca, in the year (571 AD) when the prophet Mohammed was born.

Examples

  • Another one is a possibility that we know is in the Iraqi arsenal is the Ababil, which is kind of a derivative of the Al-Fatah (ph), Al-Samoud range a lot titer 62 miles.

    CNN Transcript Mar 28, 2003

  • There was a surface to surface missile called the Ababil-100, at least that is way my was telling me.

    CNN Transcript Mar 20, 2003

  • These missiles include a liquid propellant al-Samoud, and a solid propellant missile called the Ababil-100.

    Archive 2002-12-01

  • Their Ababil is a 183 pound UAV with a ten foot wing span, a payload of about 80 pounds, a cruising speed of 290 kilometers an hour and an endurance of 90 minutes.

    StrategyPage.com

  • Their Ababil is a 183 pound UAV with a ten foot wing span, a payload of about 80 pounds, a cruising speed of 290 kilometers an hour and an endurance of 90 minutes.

    StrategyPage.com

  • Ababil ( "Swallow") has a wingspan of more than 10 feet, and cruises at 160 knots, according to

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • Ababil ( "Swallow") has a wingspan of more than 10 feet, and cruises at 160 knots, according to

    legitgov

  • They were Iranian-built Ababil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), capable of carrying an 88-pound warhead for up to 150 miles.

    Hizbullah's Worrisome Weapon

  • Major Price (Essay) may be right in making Ababil the plural of Abilah, a vesicle; but it appears to me that the former is an Arabic and the latter a Persian word, which have no connection whatever.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • They have plenty of those Ababil missiles, and they have those Silkworm missiles as well, that General Shepperd was talking about.

    CNN Transcript Mar 28, 2003

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