from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as fire-on-the-mountain.
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There is a beautiful shrub, called by the Natives, mahdhaar, or arg,  -- literally, fire-plant, -- met with in the Upper Provinces of India, inhabiting every wild spot where the soil is sandy, as generally as the thistle on neglected grounds in England.
We would gather fuel, of which, as had been already proved, there was Andromeda (or fire-plant) and moss and blubber to depend upon.
We tried the dry leaves of the fire-plant (Andromeda), the dry grass, -- everything, indeed, we could think of that was within our reach, -- but still no blaze, no blaze.
"All of these things were carefully secured; and in a sort of cave, much like the one we were preparing for our abode, only larger, we stowed away all the fire-plant and dried moss that we could get.