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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French flambeau.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈflambəʊ/, /flamˈbəʊ/

NounEdit

flambeau (plural flambeaus or flambeaux)

  1. A burning torch, especially one carried in procession.
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      Saint-Antoine has its cannon pointed (full of grapeshot); thrice applies the lit flambeau; which thrice refuses to catch,—the touchholes are so wetted....
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 955:
      She walked quietly with apparent composure and lowered head but her pallor betrayed her mortal fear – her skin glowed almost nacrous in the warm rose of the flambeaux.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

flambe +‎ -eau.

NounEdit

flambeau m (plural flambeaux)

  1. torch
  2. candle
  3. candlestick
  4. (metonymically) light, flame as symbolic spirit of something

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