a staff with one end forked to hold a match, formerly used in firing cannon.

1565–75; earlier lyntstock < Dutch lontstock match-stick, with lint replacing lont by association with the material commonly used as tinder Unabridged
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linstock (ˈlɪnˌstɒk)
a long staff holding a lighted match, formerly used to fire a cannon
[C16: from Dutch lontstok, from lont match + stok stick]

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It gradually replaced the linstock during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
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