Burning fluid

any volatile illuminating oil, as the lighter petroleums (naphtha, benzine), or oil of turpentine (camphine), but esp. a mixture of the latter with alcohol.
See under Burning, Elastic, etc.

See also: Burning, Fluid

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Bombardier beetles can shoot burning fluid from their behind when they feel threatened, and a species of Malaysian ants will explode themselves to protect their nest.
Brooklyn Briggs plunged 15ft into the tank as he tried to retrieve a football from the roof and was covered from head to foot in the burning fluid.
The display carried rushlight candles used in the 1700s; whale oil and lard oil lamps used from 1820 to 1830; burning fluid lamps used from 1840 to 1850, and kerosene lamps used through the late 1800s.
Russell's book takes the form of a journey through almost one hundred years of Canadian history, from the splint and the candle to the coming of electricity, focusing on the changes brought about by different lamp designs as well as those wrought by different sorts of fuel, including whale oil, dangerous burning fluid, and kerosene.