Notes: This wasn’t what I thought, but it makes sense
The word bolide is “a large meteor : fireball; especially one that explodes”
This word came into English in the mid-1800s
Background / Comments
A very bright meteor often trails sparks and looks like a missile. Our word was borrowed from the French word bolide (meteor). It came into French from the Latin word bolis (a fireball type of meteor); the Latin word came from the Greek word bolis (missile or javelin); the source of this Greek word is the Greek word bolē (throw or stoke). The 2013 meteor in Russia was a bolide.