- matchˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
Variant of match
- Obsolete a wick or cord prepared to burn at a uniform rate, used for firing guns or explosives
- a slender piece of wood, cardboard, waxed cord, etc. tipped with a composition that catches fire by friction, sometimes only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface
Origin: Middle English macche from Old French mesche, wick of a candle, match from Vulgar Latin an unverified form micca, probably altered (by associated, association with muccare, to snuff a candle, origin, originally , to blow one's nose from Classical Latin mucus, mucus) from Classical Latin myxa from Gr, lamp wick, literally , nasal discharge, akin to Classical Latin mucus
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