U·zi or U·ZI (zē)
n. pl. U·zis or U·ZIs
Any of various compact submachine guns having a caliber of 9 millimeters, originally designed in Israel in the 1950s.
[After Uzi el-Gal, 20th-century Israeli army officer and weapons designer.]
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