portfire

noun

(formerly) a slow-burning fuse used for firing rockets and fireworks and, in mining, for igniting explosives

Nearby words

  1. porterage,
  2. portered,
  3. porteress,
  4. porterhouse,
  5. porterville,
  6. portfolio,
  7. portfolio employment,
  8. portfolio worker,
  9. porthole,
  10. porthole die

Word Origin for portfire

C17: from French porte-feu, from porter to carry + feu fire

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