red-hot poker


: a south African herb (Kniphofia uvaria) of the lily family having long linear leaves and tall spikes of bright red, orange-red, or yellow flowers

Examples of red-hot poker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rumors that Edward II had been gruesomely executed by having a red-hot poker inserted into his backside spread quickly, likely started by his political enemies. NBC News, 18 Oct. 2021 The image on one side is a skewed view of nature — a field or garden full of red-hot poker plants, their spiky crimson and yellow flowers shown in human-size close-up, pressed against the picture plane. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 Examples of easy-to-plant perennials are bear's breeches, hostas, and red-hot pokers. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, 1 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red-hot poker was in 1884

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“Red-hot poker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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