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Greek fire   /grik fˈaɪər/   Listen
Greek fire

noun
1.
A mixture used by Byzantine Greeks that was often shot at adversaries; catches fire when wetted.






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"Greek fire" Quotes from Famous Books



... milk and honey, once more awaited them, as God's predestined people. But so wild and disorderly an invasion had no terrors for a civilized nation like the Romans. The brute herd was terrified by our Greek fire; it was snared and shot down by the wild nations who, while they pretend to independence, cover our frontier as with a protecting fortification. The vile multitude has been consumed even by the very quality of the provisions ...
— Waverley Volume XII • Sir Walter Scott



Words linked to "Greek fire" :   weapon system, mixture, weapon, arm



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