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 for Rush candle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rush \Rush\, n. [OE. rusche, rische, resche, AS. risce, akin to
     LG. rusk, risch, D. & G. rusch; all probably fr. L. ruscum
     butcher's broom; akin to Goth. raus reed, G. rohr.]
     1. (Bot.) A name given to many aquatic or marsh-growing
        endogenous plants with soft, slender stems, as the species
        of Juncus and Scirpus.
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     Note: Some species are used in bottoming chairs and plaiting
           mats, and the pith is used in some places for wicks to
           lamps and rushlights.
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     2. The merest trifle; a straw.
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              John Bull's friendship is not worth a rush.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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     Bog rush. See under Bog.
  
     Club rush, any rush of the genus Scirpus.
  
     Flowering rush. See under Flowering.
  
     Nut rush
        (a) Any plant of the genus Scleria, rushlike plants with
            hard nutlike fruits.
        (b) A name for several species of Cyperus having
            tuberous roots.
  
     Rush broom, an Australian leguminous plant ({Viminaria
        denudata), having long, slender branches. Also, the
        Spanish broom. See under Spanish.
  
     Rush candle, See under Candle.
  
     Rush grass, any grass of the genus Vilfa, grasses with
        wiry stems and one-flowered spikelets.
  
     Rush toad (Zool.), the natterjack.
  
     Scouring rush. (Bot.) Same as Dutch rush, under Dutch.
        
  
     Spike rush, any rushlike plant of the genus Eleocharis,
        in which the flowers grow in dense spikes.
  
     Sweet rush, a sweet-scented grass of Arabia, etc.
        ({Andropogon schoenanthus), used in Oriental medical
        practice.
  
     Wood rush, any plant of the genus Luzula, which differs
        in some technical characters from Juncus.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Candle \Can"dle\, n. [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L.
     candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. cand["e]re
     to be white. See Candid, and cf. Chandler, Cannel,
     Kindle.]
     1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick
        composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and
        used to furnish light.
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              How far that little candle throws his beams!
              So shines a good deed in a naughty world. --Shak.
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     Note: Candles are usually made by repeatedly dipping the
           wicks in the melted tallow, etc. ("dipped candles"), or
           by casting or running in a mold.
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     2. That which gives light; a luminary.
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              By these blessed candles of the night. --Shak.
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     Candle nut, the fruit of a euphorbiaceous shrub ({Aleurites
        triloba), a native of some of the Pacific islands; --
        socalled because, when dry, it will burn with a bright
        flame, and is used by the natives as a candle. The oil has
        many uses.
  
     Candle power (Photom.), illuminating power, as of a lamp,
        or gas flame, reckoned in terms of the light of a standard
        candle.
  
     Electric candle, A modification of the electric arc lamp,
        in which the carbon rods, instead of being placed end to
        end, are arranged side by side, and at a distance suitable
        for the formation of the arc at the tip; -- called also,
        from the name of the inventor, Jablockoff candle.
  
     Excommunication by inch of candle, a form of
        excommunication in which the offender is allowed time to
        repent only while a candle burns.
  
     Not worth the candle, not worth the cost or trouble.
  
     Rush candle, a candle made of the pith of certain rushes,
        peeled except on one side, and dipped in grease.
  
     Sale by inch of candle, an auction in which persons are
        allowed to bid only till a small piece of candle burns
        out.
  
     Standard candle (Photom.), a special form of candle
        employed as a standard in photometric measurements;
        usually, a candle of spermaceti so constructed as to burn
        at the rate of 120 grains, or 7.8 grams, per hour.
  
     To curse by bell, book and candle. See under Bell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rush candle
      n 1: a tallow candle with a rush stem as the wick [syn:
           rushlight, rush candle]

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