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Molotov cocktail

noun Mo·lo·tov cocktail \ˈmä-lə-ˌtȯf-, ˈmȯ-, ˈmō-, -ˌtȯv-\

Simple Definition of Molotov cocktail

  • : a simple bomb made from a bottle filled with gasoline and stuffed with a piece of cloth that is lit just before the bottle is thrown

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Molotov cocktail

  1. :  a crude bomb made of a bottle filled with a flammable liquid (as gasoline) and usually fitted with a wick (as a saturated rag) that is ignited just before the bottle is hurled

Origin and Etymology of molotov cocktail

Vyacheslav M. Molotov

First Known Use: 1940

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a secret group of plotters

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