Glossary of Terms
451 degrees FahrenheitThe temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns.
Burning BrightFrom William Blake's poem, "The Tiger"
cacophonyA variety of harsh, jarring sounds heard all at once.
ClarisseA name derived from the Latin word for "brightest".
dentifriceAny preparation for teeth cleaning.
Guy MontagHis first name refers to Guy Fawks, a man who plotted to blow up British Parliament in 1605. Montag, a trademark of Mead (an American paper company), makes stationary and furnaces.
IcarusSon of Daedalus in Greek mythology. He flew too close to the sun and his wings made of wax melted, sending him plummeting to his death.
infinitelyLacking limits or bounds, specifically regarding time.
November 4Historically, the eve of Guy Fawkes' "Gunpowder Plot" to burn the British Parliament, a plan meant to destroy James I who oppressed Catholics. In F. 451, the firemen play cards together on Nov. 4.
phoenixIn Egyptian mythology a bird that, after a long life, sets itself on fire, and then rises from the ashes to begin a new life.
pratfallSlang for falling on one's rear end. Often used in burlesque routines.
proboscisA tubular organ used for smell and sense. The human proboscis is the nose.
salamanderAmphibian resembling a lizard. In mythology, salamanders are said to live through fire without burning.
thereminAn early electronic musical instrument whose sound is controlled by moving the air between two antennae.
trench mouthAn infectious disease producing mouth ulcers in the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.
V-2 RocketThe first long-range liquid fueled missile carrying one ton of explosives, used first by the Germans in WWII.
VesuviusA volcano in Italy, near Naples, that erupted in 79 A.D., burying Pompeii in volcanic ash.
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