Molotov cocktail definition

  • noun:
    • A simple incendiary bomb produced from a glass container, filled with an inflammable fluid such as petroleum, with a rag for a fuse that's illuminated prior to becoming hurled.
    • A similar incendiary but made stoppered and containing phosphorus dissolved in benzene which will self-ignite whenever smashed and articles exposed to environment. Issued to civilians in Britain during World War II.
    • A home-made incendiary unit composed of a bottle full of gas, and a cloth wick. The wick is lighted, and the container tossed at a target, such as for instance a car, in which it would likely shatter and spread intense flames on the vehicle, destroying or damaging it.
    • a crude incendiary bomb made of a bottle filled with flammable liquid and fitted with a rag wick

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