One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A projectile filled with material that emits dense smoke on ignition, used to conceal military operations.
- ‘Wholesale sparklers, smoke balls, snaps, and other novelty fireworks are available by the case.’
- ‘The interiors of the structures are filled with paint-splashed, multicolored Chinese smoke balls, their fuses strung together in neat rows as if ready to be lit in a dramatic performance.’
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