carbide lamp

noun

Definition of carbide lamp

: a lamp that produces light by the combustion of acetylene gas created by the measured combination of water and calcium carbide
  • The major disadvantage of a carbide lamp is that it blows out quite easily in windy passages and is next to useless when climbing in a waterfall.
  • —David R. McClurgThe Amateur's Guide To Caves & Caving1973

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First Known Use of carbide lamp

1898


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