Etymology
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kindling (n.)

"material for lighting fire," usually dry wood in small pieces, 1510s, verbal noun from kindle (v.). Earlier "a setting alight" (c. 1300).

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Definitions of kindling

kindling (n.)
material for starting a fire;
Synonyms: tinder / touchwood / spunk / punk
kindling (n.)
the act of setting something on fire;
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