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Locofoco

[ loh-koh-foh-koh ]
/ ˌloʊ koʊˈfoʊ koʊ /
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noun
(sometimes lowercase) a member of the radical faction of the New York City Democrats, organized in 1835 to oppose the conservative members of the party.
(lowercase) a friction match or cigar developed in the 19th century, ignited by rubbing against any hard, dry surface.
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Origin of Locofoco

Special use of locofoco (cigar), self-lighting, rhyming compound apparently based on loco(motive), taken to mean self-moving; -foco, alteration of Italian fuoco fire <Latin focus fireplace
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