Definition of Greek fire

1. Noun. A mixture used by Byzantine Greeks that was often shot at adversaries; catches fire when wetted.

Generic synonyms: Arm, Weapon, Weapon System, Mixture



Definition of Greek fire

1. Noun. (historical) A flammable substance first used by the Greeks of w:Constantinople Constantinople to set fire to enemy ships, buildings etc. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Greek Fire

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Greek Sign Language
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Greek architecture
Greek calends
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Greek chorus
Greek clover
Greek cross
Greek deity
Greek drachma
Greek fire
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Greek houses
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Literary usage of Greek fire

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1. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"16 Our sure and indefatigable guide in the middle ages and Byzantine history, Charles du Fresne du Cange, has treated in several places of the greek fire, ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"... invention ficacy of the Greek-fire.™ The important secret of ... in several places of the Greek-fire, and his collections leave few gleanings behind. ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"(PG) greek fire, the name applied to inflammable and destructive compositions used in warfare during the middle ages and particularly by the Byzantine ..."

4. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley (1859)
"The greek fire was most advantageously employed in the defence of ... The name greek fire has been applied to compounds that burn on the surface of or under ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1802)
"... the fiie- terrors, and the real efficacy of the greek fire '*. ... places of the greek fire, and his collections leave few gleanings behind. ..."

6. A History of the Later Roman Empire: From Arcadius to Irene (395 A.D. to 800 by John Bagnell Bury (1889)
"NOTE ox GREEK FIEE THE invention of greek fire is attributed to a Syrian named ... The following receipt for the manufacture of greek fire is contained in a ..."

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