Holmes light

noun
\ˈhōmz- also -ōlmz-\
variants: or Holmes signal

Definition of Holmes light 

: a signaling device that consisting of a case containing impure calcium phosphide and a float and that when thrown into water generates hydrogen phosphides that take fire spontaneously

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History and Etymology for Holmes light

probably from the name Holmes

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