linstock

noun
lin·​stock | \ ˈlin-ˌstäk How to pronounce linstock (audio) \

Definition of linstock

: a staff having a pointed foot (as for sticking into the ground) and a forked tip and formerly used to hold a lighted match for firing cannon

First Known Use of linstock

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for linstock

Dutch lontstok, from lont match + stok stick

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