nounWord forms: plural ˌlocoˈfocos
a member of this faction
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Word origin of 'locofoco'
. 1834) after locomotive
, interpreted as “self-(moving)” + It fuoco
, fire < L focus
: see : sense focus (sense 2)
from the use of such matches in Tammany Hall, Oct. 22, 1835, by one faction to restore
lights extinguished by another