matchstick

[ mach-stik ]
/ ˈmætʃˌstɪk /

noun

a short, slender piece of flammable wood used in making matches.
something that suggests a matchstick, as in thinness or fragility.

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Origin of matchstick

First recorded in 1785–95; match1 + stick1
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British Dictionary definitions for matchstick

matchstick
/ (ˈmætʃˌstɪk) /

noun

the wooden part of a match

adjective

made with or as if with matchsticksa matchstick model
(esp of figures drawn with single strokes) thin and straightmatchstick men
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