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red-hot poker

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  1. tritoma.
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Origin of red-hot poker

First recorded in 1885–90; so called from the fiery red blossoms at the end of the flower spike
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Historical Examples

  • His own face, and the hands he held in front of him were red-hot-poker color.

    King--of the Khyber Rifles

    Talbot Mundy

  • The red-hot-poker grows stiff and straight, but the ragged sailor goes uncombed and untidy still.


British Dictionary definitions for red-hot poker

red-hot poker

noun
  1. See kniphofia
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