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rush candle

a candle made from a dried, partly peeled rush that has been dipped in grease.
Also called rush light.
Origin of rush candle
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What business has a rush light to go out in a couple of hours?

    Emilie the Peacemaker

    Mrs. Thomas Geldart
  • "She has given our little one a fine present," said the baby's mother, examining the coin by the rush light.

    The Court Jester Cornelia Baker
  • But compared with her friend she is as a rush—light to the evening star—a glow—worm to Antares.

  • There was only a rush light burning, but its faint beams showed him the soft white bed on which his darling lay sleeping.

    The Measure of a Man Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • When near us rush light sledge and note of information ahead to overhaul us.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
British Dictionary definitions for rush light

rush light

a narrow candle, formerly in use, made of the pith of various types of rush dipped in tallow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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