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

  Lucifer \Lu"ci*fer\, n. [L., bringing light, n., the morning
     star, fr. lux, lucis, light + ferre to bring.]
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     1. The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; --
        applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon.
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              How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of
              the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground
              which didst weaken the nations!       --Is. xiv. 12.
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              Tertullian and Gregory the Great understood this
              passage of Isaiah in reference to the fall of Satan;
              in consequence of which the name Lucifer has since
              been applied to Satan.                --Kitto.
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     2. Hence, Satan.
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              How wretched
              Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! . .
              When he falls, he falls like Lucifer,
              Never to hope again.                  --Shak.
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     3. A match[1] made of a sliver of wood tipped with a
        combustible substance, and ignited by friction; -- called
        also lucifer match, and locofoco, now most commonly
        referred to as a friction match. See Locofoco.
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     4. (Zool.) A genus of free-swimming macruran Crustacea,
        having a slender body and long appendages.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  friction match
      n 1: lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard
           tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction;
           "he always carries matches to light his pipe"; "as long
           you've a lucifer to light your fag" [syn: match,
           lucifer, friction match]

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