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  • n. A pyrotechnic fuse consisting of a cotton string, coated with black powder, confined in a paper tube

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. threads of cotton or cotton wick soaked in a solution of gunpowder mixed with gum arabic and boiling water and afterwards strewed over with mealed powder. It burns at the rate of one yard in thirteen seconds, and is used as priming for heavy mortars, fireworks, etc.
  • adj. See under Match.


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