King Alfred's candle

noun
King Al·​fred's candle | \ -ˈalfrə̇dz- \

Definition of King Alfred's candle

: an early time-telling device consisting of a candle marked off in time bands to show the passage of time by the amount the candle burns down

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History and Etymology for King Alfred's candle

after Alfred the Great †901 king of the West Saxons in England; from the belief that he developed such a device

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“King Alfred's candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/King%20Alfred%27s%20candle. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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