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Very lights

[ver-ee] /ˈvɛr i/
plural noun
a variety of colored signal flares, fired from a special pistol (Very pistol)
Origin of Very lights
1910-15; after E. W. Very (1847-1907), U.S. inventor Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for very light

Very light

a coloured flare fired from a special pistol (Very pistol) for signalling at night, esp at sea
Word Origin
C19: named after Edward W. Very (1852–1910), US naval ordnance officer
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