Rupert's drop
Rupert's drop Ru"pert's drop` A kind of glass drop with a long tail, made by dropping melted glass into water. It is remarkable for bursting into fragments when the surface is scratched or the tail broken; -- so called from Prince Rupert, nephew of Charles I., by whom they were first brought to England. Called also {Rupert's ball}, and {glass tear}. [1913 Webster]

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  • rupert's drop — ˈrüpərts noun Usage: usually capitalized R Etymology: after Prince Rupert of Germany died 1682 who first brought it to England to his uncle Charles I of England : a congealed blob of glass formed by dropping melted glass into water and setting up …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Rupert's ball — Rupert s drop Ru pert s drop A kind of glass drop with a long tail, made by dropping melted glass into water. It is remarkable for bursting into fragments when the surface is scratched or the tail broken; so called from Prince Rupert, nephew of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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