Definition of Molotov cocktail

1. Noun. A crude incendiary bomb made of a bottle filled with flammable liquid and fitted with a rag wick.

Exact synonyms: Gasoline Bomb, Petrol Bomb
Generic synonyms: I.e.d., Ied, Improvised Explosive Device

Definition of Molotov cocktail

1. Noun. A simple incendiary bomb made from a glass bottle, filled with an inflammable liquid such as petroleum, with a rag for a fuse that is lit just before being hurled. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) A similar incendiary but made stoppered and containing phosphorus dissolved in benzene which would self-ignite when smashed and the contents exposed to air. Issued to civilians in Britain during World War II. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Molotov Cocktail

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Literary usage of Molotov cocktail

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1. State Laws and Ordinances on Firearms by DIANE Publishing Company (1994)
"(2) Molotov cocktail. Any breakable container or any container which is designed in such a manner that upon being propelled it will at impact empty its ..."

2. A Clash of Arms: The Great American Gun Debate by DIANE Publishing Company (1991)
"Molotov cocktail. (a) lt is unlawful for any person to manufacture, assemble, use or possess in this State, any device commonly known as a firebomb or a ..."

3. Rights Denied: The Roma of Hungary by Rachel Guglielmo, Human Rights Watch / Helsinki, Human Rights Watch Staff, Human rights watch-Helsinki, Human Rights Watch, Timothy Waters, Jeri Laber, Holly Cartner, Watch Human Rights (1996)
"... Molotov cocktail attacks. The alleged attackers in both incidents were the same individuals — a group of teen-aged young men. In the more serious attack ..."

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