Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wick of a lamp.
  • n. A cultivated labiate plant, Phlomis Lychnites, native in southern Europe

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Examples

  • He had a peculiarly shining transparent complexion, probably occasioned by constant oleaginous application; and his attractive hair, being cut short, and being grizzled, and standing straight up on end as if it in its turn were attracted by some invisible magnet above it, the top of his head was not very unlike a lamp-wick.

    Mugby Junction

  • Leaving the slide partly open, he spread one end of his coil like a broad lamp-wick in the pile of powder which had run out, and put a brick upon the tow to keep it from shifting.

    Springhaven

  • This “dream-sweet” stick was, it must be explained, made only about three inches long and about the thickness of a lamp-wick, in order to easily burn down.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • But time wore on, and the four did nothing save drink, laugh loudly and tell more of those awful, groan-making lamp-wick jokes.

    Fortress Of Frost And Fire

  • Seven Druids " one to change the lamp-wick and six to share the Truth of it! "

    Fortress Of Frost And Fire

  • Another burst of laughter from the inn; someone was telling lamp-wick jokes in there, from the sound of things: "... only one, but the wick has to want to change!"

    Fortress Of Frost And Fire

  • Could be this was the latest one making the rounds, like those gruesomely awful lamp-wick jokes.

    Fortress Of Frost And Fire

  • My foot-press enthusiasm weakened — four thousand times I “kicked” — two thousand lamp-wick slots I make in the cones.

    Working With the Working Woman

  • He leaned against the wall and watched the throbbing lamp-wick, fighting his passion for completed work and his conviction that only he could see it through to its ultimate conclusion.

    The Pointing Man A Burmese Mystery

  • This "dream-sweet" stick was, it must be explained, made only about three inches long and about the thickness of a lamp-wick, in order to easily burn down.

    Hung Lou Meng, Book II Or, the Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese Novel in Two Books

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