Slang a bottle filled with gasoline, etc. and wrapped in a saturated rag or plugged with a wick, then ignited and hurled as a grenade
Origin of Molotov cocktailafter V(yacheslav) M(ikhailovich) Molotov
A makeshift bomb made of a breakable container filled with flammable liquid and provided with a usually rag wick that is lighted just before being hurled.
Origin of Molotov cocktailTranslation of Finnish Molotovin koktaili, after Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (so called because Finnish soldiers used such bombs against Soviet tanks during the 1939–1940 Soviet invasion of Finland, which began after Molotov announced Soviet demands for the annexation of certain Finnish territories ).