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- n. military, historical A small fascine or fagot, steeped in wax, pitch, and glue, used for starting fires, lighting ditches and ramparts, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) a small fascine or fagot, steeped in wax, pitch, and glue, used in various ways, as for igniting buildings or works, or to light ditches and ramparts.
- French, tar. (Wiktionary)
“A correspondent has transmitted to the editor of _L'Union Pharmaceutique_ the prospectus of an oyster dealer who, besides dealing in the ordinary bivalves, advertises specialties in medicinal oysters, such as "huitres ferrugineuses" and "huitres au goudron.”
“The "huitres ferrugineuses" are recommended to anæmic persons, and the "huitres au goudron" are said to replace with advantage all other means of administering tar, while of both it is alleged that analyses made by "distinguished _savants_" leave no doubt as to their valuable qualities.”
“Du goudron et des Plumes is giant leap for the circus”
“Tar (_goudron brai gras_) pays eight livres the _leth_ of twelve barrels, and ten sols the livre, amounting to twenty sols the barrel; which is twelve and a half per cent. on its prime cost.”
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