Definition of rush candle in US English:

rush candle

noun

  • 1A candle of little power made by dipping the pith of a rush in tallow or some other grease.

  • 2Figurative and in figurative contexts. Something weak, feeble, or insignificant.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Salesbury (d. c1580), translator and humanist scholar. From rush + candle.

Pronunciation

rush candle

/ˈrʌʃ ˌkandl/