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shrapnel

noun [U]     /ˈʃræp.nəl/
small pieces of metal that fly through the air when a bomb or similar weapon explodes and are intended to injure people : Twelve people were hit by shrapnel in the attack . a shrapnel wound Bombs and missiles
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