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An incendiary preparation first used by the Byzantine Greeks to set fire to enemy ships.
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1. (Military) a Byzantine weapon employed in naval warfare from 670 ad. It consisted of an unknown mixture that, when wetted, exploded and was projected, burning, from tubes
2. (Military) any of several other inflammable mixtures used in warfare up to the 19th century
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an incendiary mixture of unknown composition, used in warfare in medieval times by Byzantine Greeks.
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|Noun||1.||Greek fire - a mixture used by Byzantine Greeks that was often shot at adversaries; catches fire when wetted|
weapon, weapon system, arm - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
mixture - (chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)
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