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Meaning of kamikaze

ka•mi•ka•ze

Pronunciation: (kä"mi-kä'zē), [key]
— n.
  1. (during World War II) a member of a special corps in the Japanese air force charged with the suicidal mission of crashing an aircraft laden with explosives into an enemy target, esp. a warship.
  2. an airplane used for this purpose.
  3. a person or thing that behaves in a wildly reckless or destructive manner: We were nearly run down by a kamikaze on a motorcycle.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, undertaken by, or characteristic of a kamikaze: a kamikaze pilot; a kamikaze attack.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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