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Davy lamp

a safety lamp formerly used by miners.
Origin of Davy lamp
1810-20; named after Sir H. Davy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A few words on the davy-lamp, which came into use about sixty years ago, may not be out of place here.

    Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects John Sutherland Sinclair, Earl of Caithness
  • He pointed to his davy-lamp, inside of which the light kept burning blue, and there was a series of little sputtering explosions.

    Son Philip George Manville Fenn
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Davy lamp

Word Origin
C19: named after Sir Humphry Davy, who invented it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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