Greek fire

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Greek fire (uncountable)

  1. (historical) A flammable substance first used by the Greeks of Constantinople to set fire to enemy ships, buildings etc.
    • 1819, Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      “There is yet spirit in him,” said Malvoisin apart to Mont–Fitchet, “were it well directed — but, like the Greek fire, it burns whatever approaches it.”

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