from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A short, slender piece of wood from which a match is made.
  • noun Something similar to a matchstick, as in slenderness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small, slender piece of wood or cardboard serving as a component of a match.
  • noun Any similarly small and thin pieces; frequently used in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a short thin stick of wood used in making matches


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From match +‎ stick.


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