firewheel

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fire +‎ wheel

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firewheel (plural firewheels)

Gaillardia pulchella
  1. Gaillardia pulchella, a flowering plant of southern US, from Arizona to Florida, and northern Mexico.
  2. A wheel of or on fire.
    • 1974, Rundschau, volume 4:
      Ashes from the firewheels, spread through the fields, guarantee bumper crops for the coming seasons.
    • 2009, Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich at War: 1939-1945:
      Weather conditions worsened and the bombers flew into a huge electrical storm that turned their propellers into giant firewheels, as one pilot reported, and blew them all over the sky.

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