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linstock

[lin-stok] /ˈlɪnˌstɒk/
noun
1.
a staff with one end forked to hold a match, formerly used in firing cannon.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; earlier lyntstock < Dutch lontstock match-stick, with lint replacing lont by association with the material commonly used as tinder
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  • It gradually replaced the linstock during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
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linstock

/ˈlɪnˌstɒk/
noun
1.
a long staff holding a lighted match, formerly used to fire a cannon
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch lontstok, from lont match + stok stick
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Word Origin and History for linstock
n.

forked staff used for firing a cannon, 1570s, from Dutch lonstok, from lont "match" + stok "stick."

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