Davy lamp


a safety lamp formerly used by miners.

Origin of Davy lamp

First recorded in 1810–20; named after Sir H. Davy
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Examples from the Web for davy lamp

  • A few words on the Davy-lamp, which came into use about sixty years ago, may not be out of place here.

    Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects|John Sutherland Sinclair, Earl of Caithness
  • He pointed to his Davy-lamp, inside of which the light kept burning blue, and there was a series of little sputtering explosions.

    Son Philip|George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for davy lamp

Davy lamp


Word Origin for Davy lamp

C19: named after Sir Humphry Davy, who invented it
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