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Locofoco

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Locofoco \Lo'co*fo"co\, noun [Of uncertain etymol.; perh. for L. loco foci instead of fire; or, according to Bartlett, it was called so from a self-lighting cigar, with a match composition at the end, invented in 1834 by John Marck of New York, and called by him locofoco cigar, in imitation of the word locomotive, which by the uneducated was supposed to mean, self-moving.]

1. A friction match. [U.S.]

2. A nickname formerly given to a member of the Democratic party. [U.S.]

Note: The name was first applied, in 1834, to a portion of the Democratic party, because, at a meeting in Tammany Hall, New York, in which there was great diversity of sentiment, the chairman left his seat, and the lights were extinguished, for the purpose of dissolving the meeting; when those who were opposed to an adjournment produced locofoco matches, rekindled the lights, continued the meeting, and accomplished their object.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lucifer \Lu"ci*fer\, noun [L., bringing light, noun, the morning star, fr. lux, lucis, light + ferre to bring.]

1. The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; -- applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations! --Is. xiv. 12.

Tertullian and Gregory the Great understood this passage of Isaiah in reference to the fall of Satan; in consequence of which the name Lucifer has since been applied to Satan. --Kitto.

2. Hence, Satan.

How wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! . . . When he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again. --Shak.

3. A match[1] made of a sliver of wood tipped with a combustible substance, and ignited by friction; -- called also {lucifer match}, and {locofoco}, now most commonly referred to as a {friction match}. See {Locofoco}.

4. (Zool.) A genus of free-swimming macruran Crustacea, having a slender body and long appendages.

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