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Roman candle

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noun
  1. a firework consisting of a tube that sends out a shower of sparks and a succession of balls of fire.
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Origin of Roman candle

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples

  • Figure 295 shows the manner in which a Roman-candle can be attached to a kite-string.

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British Dictionary definitions for roman candle

Roman candle

noun
  1. a firework that produces a continuous shower of sparks punctuated by coloured balls of fire
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Word Origin

C19: so called from its having been originated in Italy
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