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Topic: HOUSEHOLD

Language: Old English
Origin: tapor, taper 'thin candle'

taper

2 noun
     
taper2 [countable]
1DH a very thin candle:
small boys holding lighted tapers
2T a piece of string covered in wax, used for lighting lamps, candles etc:
The box contained a taper to light each firework.
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