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Roman candle

a firework consisting of a tube that sends out a shower of sparks and a succession of balls of fire.
Origin of Roman candle
1825-35 Unabridged
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  • Figure 295 shows the manner in which a roman-candle can be attached to a kite-string.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
British Dictionary definitions for roman-candle

Roman candle

a firework that produces a continuous shower of sparks punctuated by coloured balls of fire
Word Origin
C19: so called from its having been originated in Italy
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