Wankel engine

['waŋk(ə)l, 'vaŋ-]
noun a rotary internal-combustion engine in which a curvilinear, triangular, eccentrically pivoted piston rotates in an elliptical chamber, forming three combustion spaces that vary in volume as it turns.
1960s: named after the German engineer Felix Wankel.

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