Molotov cocktail

noun
Mo·​lo·​tov cocktail | \ ˈmä-lə-ˌtȯf- How to pronounce Molotov cocktail (audio) , ˈmȯ-, ˈmō-, -ˌtȯv- \

Definition of Molotov cocktail

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

First Known Use of Molotov cocktail

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Molotov cocktail

Vyacheslav M. Molotov

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“Molotov cocktail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Molotov%20cocktail. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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