Part of speech: noun

A combustible mineral element that ignites by moderate heat, as of friction.

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Usage examples "phosphorus":

  1. I'll make a kite a hundred feet high, get five miles of rope ready against the next hurricane; and then I'll rub it with phosphorus and fly it. - "Foul Play", Charles Reade Dion Boucicault.
  2. But as you burn with the intenseness and rapid blaze of heated phosphorus, why should we not make the most of you? - "Life of Henry Martyn, Missionary to India and Persia, 1781 to 1812", Sarah J. Rhea.
  3. Then they all together dance 'measures, corantos, and galliards, ' till Phosphorus the day star appears and calls them away- To rest! - "The History of London", Walter Besant.