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kindling

[ kind-ling ]
/ ˈkɪnd lɪŋ /
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noun
material that can be readily ignited, used in starting a fire.
the act of one who kindles.

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Origin of kindling

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at kindle1, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM kindling

un·kin·dling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kindling

kindling
/ (ˈkɪndlɪŋ) /

noun
material for starting a fire, such as dry wood, straw, etc
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