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

  Combust \Com*bust"\, a. [L. combustus, p. p. of comburere to
     burn up; com- + burere (only in comp.), of uncertain origin;
     cf. bustum funeral pyre, prurire to itch, pruna a live coal,
     Gr. pyrso`s firebrand, Skr. plush to burn.]
     1. Burnt; consumed. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     2. (Astron.) So near the sun as to be obscured or eclipsed by
        his light, as the moon or planets when not more than eight
        degrees and a half from the sun. [Obs.]
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              Planets that are oft combust.         --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  combust
      v 1: cause to burn or combust; "The sun burned off the fog"; "We
           combust coal and other fossil fuels" [syn: burn,
           combust]
      2: start to burn or burst into flames; "Marsh gases ignited
         suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously" [syn:
         erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust,
         conflagrate]
      3: get very angry and fly into a rage; "The professor combusted
         when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary
         question"; "Spam makes me go ballistic" [syn: flip one's
         lid, blow up, throw a fit, hit the roof, hit the
         ceiling, have kittens, have a fit, combust, blow
         one's stack, fly off the handle, flip one's wig, lose
         one's temper, blow a fuse, go ballistic]
      4: cause to become violent or angry; "Riots combusted Pakistan
         after the U.S. air attacks on Afghanistan"
      5: undergo combustion; "Maple wood burns well" [syn: burn,
         combust]

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