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Aero is an adjective that, according to The New Penguin English Dictionary (1986) means that the noun being described concerns aircraft or aeronautics. In contrast, the New Oxford American Dictionary bundled with Mac OS/X says that aero is an abbreviation of aerodynamic or, more archaically, aeronautical.

Really? I can’t remember ever having heard the word aero stand on it’s own. Used as a prefix for a number of other words, sure. There will be examples of a few of those in the next entries in this project.

But just aero? I don’t think so.

There’s a Nestlé chocolate bar called Aero, which has air bubbles throughout it. (As an aside, somebody please tell me why I want to pay for air.) But that’s about the only unaccompanied use of aero that I can think of. So, let’s move on, shall we?

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