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red fire

  1. any of various combustible preparations, as one containing strontium nitrate, that burn with a vivid red light: used chiefly in pyrotechnic displays and in signaling.
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Origin of red fire

First recorded in 1810–20
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Historical Examples

  • Nudity in public adds fresh charms to the orchestra, and red-fire and crackers have become absolutely essential to harmony.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, September 18, 1841


British Dictionary definitions for red fire

red fire

  1. any combustible material that burns with a bright red flame: used in flares and fireworks. The colour is usually produced by strontium salts
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