Origin of linstockaltered (by associated, association with lint, used as tinder) ; from Dutch lontstok ; from lont, a match, lunt + stok, a stick
Origin of linstockObsolete lyntstock, alteration (possibly influenced by lint, used for tinder) of Dutch lontstok : lont, match + stok, stick (from Middle Dutch stoc).
- A pointed forked staff, shod with iron at the foot, to hold a lighted match for firing cannon.
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