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Definition: rush candle
n : a tallow candle with a rush stem as the wick [syn: rushlight
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Definition: Rush candle
, n. [OE. rusche, rische, resche, AS. risce, akin to
LG. rusk, risch, D. & G. rusch; all probably fr. L. ruscum
butcher's broom; akin to Goth. raus reed, G. rohr.]
1. (Bot.) A name given to many aquatic or marsh-growing
endogenous plants with soft, slender stems, as the species
Note: Some species are used in bottoming chairs and plaiting
mats, and the pith is used in some places for wicks to
lamps and rushlights.
2. The merest trifle; a straw.
John Bull's friendship is not worth a rush.
. See under Bog
, any rush of the genus Scirpus
. See under Flowering
(a) Any plant of the genus Scleria
, rushlike plants with
hard nutlike fruits.
(b) A name for several species of Cyperus
, an Australian leguminous plant (Viminaria denudata
), having long, slender branches. Also, the
Spanish broom. See under Spanish
, See under Candle
, any grass of the genus Vilfa
, grasses with
wiry stems and one-flowered spikelets.
(Zo["o]l.), the natterjack.
. (Bot.) Same as Dutch rush
, under Dutch.
, any rushlike plant of the genus Eleocharis
in which the flowers grow in dense spikes.
, a sweet-scented grass of Arabia, etc.
), used in Oriental medical
, any plant of the genus Luzula
, which differs
in some technical characters from Juncus
, n. [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L.
candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. cand["e]re
to be white. See Candid
, and cf. Chandler
1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick
composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and
used to furnish light.
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world. --Shak.
Note: Candles are usually made by repeatedly dipping the
wicks in the melted tallow, etc. (“dipped candles”
or by casting or running in a mold.
2. That which gives light; a luminary.
By these blessed candles of the night. --Shak.
, the fruit of a euphorbiaceous shrub (Aleurites triloba
), a native of some of the Pacific islands; --
socalled because, when dry, it will burn with a bright
flame, and is used by the natives as a candle. The oil has
(Photom.), illuminating power, as of a lamp,
or gas flame, reckoned in terms of the light of a standard
, A modification of the electric arc lamp,
in which the carbon rods, instead of being placed end to
end, are arranged side by side, and at a distance suitable
for the formation of the arc at the tip; -- called also,
from the name of the inventor, Jablockoff candle
Excommunication by inch of candle
, a form of
excommunication in which the offender is allowed time to
repent only while a candle burns.
Not worth the candle
, not worth the cost or trouble.
, a candle made of the pith of certain rushes,
peeled except on one side, and dipped in grease.
Sale by inch of candle
, an auction in which persons are
allowed to bid only till a small piece of candle burns
(Photom.), a special form of candle
employed as a standard in photometric measurements;
usually, a candle of spermaceti so constructed as to burn
at the rate of 120 grains, or 7.8 grams, per hour.
To curse by bell, book and candle
. See under Bell