What does the word rushlight mean?

Usage examples for rushlight

  1. He held up a rushlight, which illumined half the room and lit up his grinning face. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  2. Out of the sacred rushlight, so flickering as yet, but gaining strength from age to age, man will make a flaming torch that will put an end, among us, to the principles of the brutes and, one day, utterly change the face of society. – The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre
  3. Yes, to be sure, and you put me to bed in a great four- post affair, with heavy tassels and bobs round the top, and they swung to and fro, and- to be sure, yes, you set a great night- shade full of round holes on the floor, with a tin cup of water in it, and a long thin rushlight in the middle. – The Mynns' Mystery by George Manville Fenn