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Ferdinand von zeppelin

[tsep-uh-leen, tsep-uh-leen; English zep-uh-lin] /ˌtsɛp əˈlin, ˈtsɛp əˌlin; English ˈzɛp ə lɪn/

Count Ferdinand von
[fer-di-nahnt fuh n] /ˈfɛr dɪˌnɑnt fən/ (Show IPA), 1838–1917, German general and aeronaut: designer and manufacturer of the zeppelin.
(sometimes capital) a large cylindrical rigid airship built from 1900 to carry passengers, and used in World War I for bombing and reconnaissance
/German ˈtsɛpəliːn/
Count Ferdinand von (ˈfɛrdinant fɔn). 1838–1917, German aeronautical pioneer, who designed and manufactured airships (zeppelins)

1900, from German Zeppelin, short for Zeppelinschiff “Zeppelin ship,” after Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917), German general who perfected its design.


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