Meaning of fléchette

flé•chette

Pronunciation: (flā-shet'), [key]
— pl. flé•chettes
  1. a small, dartlike metal projectile used as shrapnel in antipersonnel bombs and shells.
  2. a bullet with a thin, hard metal spine, designed to tumble on impact and thus cause an incapacitating wound.
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