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red fire

any of various combustible preparations, as one containing strontium nitrate, that burn with a vivid red light: used chiefly in pyrotechnic displays and in signaling.
Origin of red fire
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • red fire alarm boxes are mounted on corridor walls at each stairway door and throughout the building.
  • The fire bucket brigade was replaced with a shiny red fire engine, and an alert crew of volunteer firemen.
British Dictionary definitions for red fire

red fire

any combustible material that burns with a bright red flame: used in flares and fireworks. The colour is usually produced by strontium salts
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