One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flaw produced by high temperature; a defect that arises during a high-temperature process in the manufacture of something (as the firing of ceramics or the casting of metal objects).
Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Salmon (1644–1713), medical empiric and author. From fire + flaw.
fire flaw/ˈfʌɪə ˌflɔː/
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