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Holmes light

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noun

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.

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Origin of Holmes light

Probably from the surname Holmes
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