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LINSTOCK (adapted from the Dutch lontstok, i.e. " matchstick," from lont, a match, stok, a stick; the word is sometimes erroneously spelled " lintstock " from a supposed derivation from " lint " in the sense of tinder), a kind of torch made of a stout stick a yard in length, with a fork at one end to hold a lighted match, and a point at the other to stick in the ground. " Linstocks " were used for discharging cannon in the early days of artillery.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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