from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An incendiary preparation first used by the Byzantine Greeks to set fire to enemy ships.

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  • noun historical A flammable substance first used by the Greeks of Constantinople to set fire to enemy ships, buildings etc.

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  • noun a mixture used by Byzantine Greeks that was often shot at adversaries; catches fire when wetted


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