matchstick

[mach-stik]
noun
  1. a short, slender piece of flammable wood used in making matches.
  2. something that suggests a matchstick, as in thinness or fragility.

Origin of matchstick

First recorded in 1785–95; match1 + stick1
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matchstick

noun
  1. the wooden part of a match
adjective
  1. made with or as if with matchsticksa matchstick model
  2. (esp of figures drawn with single strokes) thin and straightmatchstick men
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