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[jahy-roh] /ˈdʒaɪ roʊ/

noun, plural gyros.
[jeer-oh, zheer-oh; Greek yee-raw] /ˈdʒɪər oʊ, ˈʒɪər oʊ; Greek ˈyi rɔ/
noun, Greek Cookery.
meat, usually lamb, roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly sliced, topped with onions, and usually served in a sandwich of pita bread.
a combining form meaning “ring,” “circle,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words:
gyromagnetic; gyroscope.
noun (pl) -ros
See gyrocompass
See gyroscope
combining form
indicating rotating or gyrating motion: gyroscope
indicating a spiral
indicating a gyroscope: gyrocompass

sandwich made from roasted lamb, late 20c., originally the meat itself, as roasted on a rotating spit, from Modern Greek gyros “a circle” (see gyre); mistaken in English for a plural and shorn of its -s.

word-forming element meaning “gyrating” or “gyroscope,” from comb. form of Greek gyros “ring, circle” (see gyre).


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