from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The German air force before and during World War II.

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  • proper n. The German air force until the end of the Second World War.

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  • n. the German airforce


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

German : Luft, air (from Middle High German, from Old High German) + Waffe, weapon (from Middle High German wāfen, from Old High German waffan).

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From German Luftwaffe, compound word from Luft ("air") + Waffe ("weapon").


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