Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A firework; a small pyramid of damp powder squeezed into shape and lighted at the top. Also called spitting-devil.

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  • Forth, where boys and girls recalled the doings of Robert Louis and his friends with bull's-eye lanterns and gunpowder, in that cheerful form known to Louis Stevenson as a 'peeoy,' and considered it a point of honour to do likewise, no matter how indignant such mischief made the authorities.

    Robert Louis Stevenson

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