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A torch is a stick with combustible material at one end, which is ignited and used as a light source. Torches have been used throughout history, and are still used in processions, symbolic and religious events, and in juggling entertainment. In some countries 'torch' in modern usage is the term for a battery-operated portable light. Etymology From the Old French 'torche' meaning 'twisted thing', hence 'torch formed of twisted tow dipped in wax', probably from Vulgar Latin *torca, alteration of Late Latin torqua, variant of classical Latin torques 'collar of twisted metal', from torquere 'to twist'. Torch construction Torch construction has varied through history depending on the torch's purpose. Torches were usually constructed of a wooden stave with one end wrapped in a material which was soaked in a flammable substance. In the United States, black bear bones may have been used. In ancient Rome some torches were made of sulfur mixed with lime. This meant that the fire would not diminish after being plunged into water. Modern procession torches are made from coarse hessian rolled into a tube and soaked in wax.
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