• synonyms

Holmes light

See more synonyms for Holmes light on Thesaurus.com
  1. a canister, attached to a life buoy or float, containing calcium carbonate and calcium phosphide, which ignite spontaneously on contact with the water, emitting conspicuous fire and smoke.
Show More

Origin of Holmes light

probably from the surname Holmes
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018