from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Readily combustible material, such as dry twigs, used to kindle fires.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. small dry sticks and finely-divided fibrous matter etc., used to help light a fire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something very inflammable, used for kindling fire from a spark, as scorched linen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dry substance that readily takes fire from a spark or sparks; specifically, a preparation or material used for catching the spark from a flint and steel struck together for fire or light. See spunk, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. material for starting a fire


Middle English, from Old English tynder.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English tynder, from tind. Compare to Swedish tända ("to light, to set on fire"), German zünden. (Wiktionary)


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