Combust



[kuh m-buhst] /kəmˈbʌst/

verb (used with or without object)
1.
to .
/kəmˈbʌst/
adjective
1.
(astrology) (of a star or planet) invisible for a period between 24 and 30 days each year due to its proximity to the sun
verb
2.
(chem) to burn

late 14c. as an adjective, “burnt,” from Old French combust (14c.), from Latin combustus, past participle of combuere “to burn up, consume” (see combustion). Also an astrological term for planets when near the sun. The verb is attested from late 15c. Related: Combusted; combusting.

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