Holmes light

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

Holmes signal

Definition of Holmes light

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of holmes light

probably from the name Holmes

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to cast off or become cast off

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