• Fox-fire

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      • 9 November 1775, Henry Larcom Abbot, The Beginning of Modern Submarine Warfare, under Captain-Lieutenant David Bushnell, Sappers and Miners, Army of the Revolution. Being a Historical Compilation Chapter Description of the American Turtle. Benjamin Gale to Silas Deane, Esq., Killingsworth, Nov. 9, 1775., On the inside is fixed a Barometer, by which he can tell the depth he is under water; a Compass, by which he knows the course he steers. In the barometer and on the needles of the compass is fixed fox-fire, i.e. wood that gives light in the dark.
      • 1879, “B.” pseudonym, The Gift Book of Affection for the Young Chapter Groundless Fears, "It won't burn our fingers, though, if we take it up. It is nothing but fox-fire. Humph! an old rotten stump:" and groping round for a stick, he struck it and knocked it all about, and wherever it lay it looked like burning coals.
      • Twain Huckleberry Finn|chapter=XXXV|page=356|passage=... Tom said we got to have some light to see how to dig by, and a lantern makes too much, and might get us into trouble; what we must have was a lot of them rotten chunks that's called fox-fire and just makes a soft kind of a glow when you lay them in a dark place.
      • 9 January 1894, William Hamilton Gibson, Foxfire, w:Nathaniel Hawthorne


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