One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A balloon made buoyant by the heat of a fire burning at its mouth.
- ‘The original Fire Balloon, or Sky Lantern, was apparently invented in China.’
- ‘For any type of experimental fire balloon, it is not a good idea to rely too much on an outside heat source.’
- ‘The ‘Grand Edinburgh Fire Balloon’, which he invented, created a great deal of excitement in 1784 and ultimately resulted in Britain's first manned aerial ascent.’
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