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combustible

[kuhm-buhs-tuh-buhl]
adjective
1.
capable of catching fire and burning; inflammable; flammable: Gasoline vapor is highly combustible.
2.
easily excited: a high-strung, combustible nature.
noun
3.
a combustible substance: Trucks carrying combustibles will not be allowed to use this tunnel.

Origin:
1520–30; < Late Latin combūstibilis. See combust, -ible

combustibility, combustibleness, noun
combustibly, adverb
uncombustible, adjective
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combustible (kəmˈbʌstəbəl)
 
adj
1.  capable of igniting and burning
2.  easily annoyed; excitable
 
n
3.  a combustible substance
 
combusti'bility
 
n
 
com'bustibleness
 
n
 
com'bustibly
 
adv

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combustible
1520s, from Fr. combustible, from L.L. combustibilis, from combustus, pp. of combuere (see combustion). Fig. sense is from 1640s; as a noun, from 1680s.
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combustible com·bus·ti·ble (kəm-bŭs'tə-bəl)
adj.
Capable of igniting and burning. n.
A substance that ignites and burns readily.

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