Molotov cocktail

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A calque of the Finnish Molotovin koktaili. Coined in Finland during the Winter War of 1939/40 between Finland and the Soviet Union, and named after then Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov (1890–1986).

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Molotov cocktail (plural Molotov cocktails)

  1. A simple incendiary bomb made from a glass bottle, either filled with an flammable liquid such as petroleum and supplied with a rag for a fuse that is lit just before being hurled, or filled with such a mix of flammable liquids that it ignites itself when it is smashed and its contents are exposed to air.

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