One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short wooden or wax match.
- ‘Charles took a candle from its sconce and lit it with a match from his gold vesta case. ‘These are some of my ancestors,’ he explained, holding the candle towards the wall.’
- ‘Francesca tugged open the drawer of the faded mahogany sideboard and retrieved from it a small silver vesta case.’
Mid 19th century: from the name of the goddess Vesta.
The goddess of the hearth and household. Her temple in Rome contained no image but a fire which was kept constantly burning and was tended by the Vestal Virgins.
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