flint

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Etymology[edit]

Old English flint, from Proto-Germanic *flintaz (compare Middle Dutch vlint, Old High German flins, Danish flint), from Proto-Indo-European *splind- (to split, cleave) (compare Irish slinn (slate, shingle), Ancient Greek πλίνθος (plínthos)), from *(s)plei- (to split). More at split.

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Noun[edit]

flint (plural flints)

  1. A hard, fine-grained quartz that fractures conchoidally and generates sparks when struck.
  2. A piece of flint, such as a gunflint, used to produce a spark.
  3. A small cylinder of some other material of the same function in a cigarette lighter, etc.
  4. A type of maize/corn with a hard outer hull.

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Verb[edit]

flint (third-person singular simple present flints, present participle flinting, simple past and past participle flinted)

  1. (transitive) To furnish or decorate an object with flint.

Further reading[edit]

  • Flint” in David Barthelmy, Webmineral Mineralogy Database[1], 1997–.
  • flint mindat.org[2], Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, accessed 29 August 2016