flash-bulb

flashbulb

[flash-buhlb]
noun Photography.
a glass bulb, filled with oxygen and aluminum or zirconium wire or foil, which, when ignited electrically, burns with a brilliant flash to provide momentary illumination of a subject.
Also, flash bulb.
Also called flash.


Origin:
1930–35; flash + bulb

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flashbulb (ˈflæʃˌbʌlb)
 
n
photog Compare electronic flash Also called: photoflash a small expendable glass light bulb formerly used to produce a bright flash of light

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