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LINSTOCK (adapted from the Dutch lont...

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 735 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LINSTOCK (adapted from the Dutch lontstok, i.e. " match-stick," from lont, a match, stok, a stick; the word is sometimes erroneously spelled " lintstock " from a supposed derivation from " lint " in the sense of tinder), a kind of torch made of a stout stick a yard in length, with a fork at one end to hold a lighted match, and a point at the other to stick in the ground. " Linstocks " were used for discharging cannon in the early days of artillery.
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