A long forked stick for holding a match, formerly used to fire cannon.
A long stick used to hold a lighted match for firing a cannon.
A pointed forked staff, shod with iron at the foot, to hold a lighted match for firing cannon.
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Origin of linstock
- Obsolete lyntstock alteration (possibly influenced by lint used for tinder) of Dutch lontstok lont match stok stick (from Middle Dutch stoc)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition