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Locofoco

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noun Lo·co·fo·co \ˌlō-kə-ˈfō-(ˌ)kō\

Definition of Locofoco

plural Lo·co·focos

  1. 1 :  a member of a radical group of New York Democrats organized in 1835 in opposition to the regular party organization

  2. 2 :  democrat 2



Origin of locofoco

locofoco, a kind of friction match, probably from 1locomotive + Italian fuoco, foco fire, from Latin focus hearth


First Known Use: 1835


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