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[loh-koh-foh-koh] /ˌloʊ koʊˈfoʊ koʊ/

(sometimes lowercase) a member of the radical faction of the New York City Democrats, organized in 1835 to oppose the conservative members of the party.
(lowercase) a friction match or cigar developed in the 19th century, ignited by rubbing against any hard, dry surface.


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