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Flint

1. (Science: chemical) a massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in colour usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with a conchoidal fracture and sharp edge. It is very hard, and strikes fire with steel.

2. A piece of flint for striking fire; formerly much used, especially. In the hammers of gun locks.

3. Anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint. A heart of flint. flint age.

An obsolete appliance for lighting the miner at his work, in which flints on a revolving wheel were made to produce a shower of sparks, which gave light, but did not inflame the fire damp. Flint stone, a hard, siliceous stone; a flint. Flint wall, a kind of wall, common in England, on the face of which are exposed the black surfaces of broken flints set in the mortar, with quions of masonry. Liquor of flints, a solution of silica, or flints, in potash. To skin a flint, to be capable of, or guilty of, any expedient or any meanness for making money.

Origin: as. Flint, akin to Sw. Flinta, dan. Flint; cf. OHG. Flins flint, g. Flinte gun (cf. E. Flintlock), perh. Akin to gr. Brick. Cf. Plinth.


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Are humans poorly adapted to industrial society?

... paleolithic ancestors were not living in paradise. They had to adapt to a changing world too. The next tribe over the hill discovered how to use flint to make spears, they had to learn and adapt to that too, and that is stressful. Those spears wiped out the woolly mammoth, and so they had to ...

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Re: How to Obtain Dinosaurs

... element is known by people –the fire breathing dragon. In rich in oxygen environment it is possible at oral gas exuding, after appearance of flint spark between teeth of big dinosaurs fire spurt to be created. It is possible that some dino creatures remained to live in caves that contain ...

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Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:34 am
 
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Evolutionary cause of facial hair pattern?

Yeah, I cannot imagine shaving with flint. Talk about serious razor burn.

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by alextemplet
Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:08 pm
 
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Evolutionary cause of facial hair pattern?

... be covered adequately by the rest of the beardage. Although tool use and shaving must have been around for a significant time (like neolithic? flint shaving gear.. ow..) Interesting question though, wonder what sort of localised variation there is to it?

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by misterzed
Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:31 pm
 
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What type of creature is this?

... maggot the long tube coming off the main body is essentailly a snorkel, so that the maggot can breath while underwater problem solved. thanks flint. Too bad we didn't discover a new species :).

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by AstusAleator
Sun May 07, 2006 3:39 am
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
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