One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relight or rekindle (a light, flame, etc.)‘Oceana stole from her place of concealment, and relumed the taper’
- ‘I then called to him to knock on the door of the house where I lodged and got my candle relumed without danger.’
- ‘As for meaning, for me it's summed up in the Shakespearean subtitle: ‘Fire that can thy light relume’.’
- ‘The embers are mouldering, a single spark may relume the blaze.’
Early 17th century: from re- ‘again’ + illume, partly suggested by French rallumer.
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