[ lin-stok ]
/ ˈlɪnˌstɒk /


a staff with one end forked to hold a match, formerly used in firing cannon.

Origin of linstock

1565–75; earlier lyntstock < Dutch lontstock match-stick, with lint replacing lont by association with the material commonly used as tinder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for linstock


/ (ˈlɪnˌstɒk) /


a long staff holding a lighted match, formerly used to fire a cannon

Word Origin for linstock

C16: from Dutch lontstok, from lont match + stok stick
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Word Origin and History for linstock



forked staff used for firing a cannon, 1570s, from Dutch lonstok, from lont "match" + stok "stick."

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