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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“Holmes light.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holmes%20light. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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