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- n. A simple incendiary bomb made from a glass bottle, filled with an inflammable liquid such as petroleum, with a rag for a fuse that is lit just before being hurled.
- n. A similar incendiary but made stoppered and containing phosphorus dissolved in benzene which would self-ignite when smashed and the contents exposed to air. Issued to civilians in Britain during World War II.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A home-made incendiary device consisting of a bottle filled with gasoline, and a cloth wick. The wick is lighted, and the bottle thrown at a target, such as a vehicle, where it may shatter and spread intense flames over the vehicle, destroying or damaging it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a crude incendiary bomb made of a bottle filled with flammable liquid and fitted with a rag wick
Coined in Finland during the Winter War of 1939/40 between Finland and the Soviet Union, and named after then Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov (1890–1986). The Finns used Molotov cocktails against the Soviets. (Wiktionary)