Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also tilly lamp)
Definition of tilley lamp in English:
A portable oil or paraffin lamp in which air pressure is used to supply the burner with fuel.
- We had a little pavilion that we painted ourselves with a tilly lamp inside and a primus stove.
- I am often walking long ways over dangerous ground, so I need my hands free; for that reason I never use a tilley lamp and instead rely on a good quality headlamp.
- We used tilly lamps for light and had to transport oil and other fuel to the house.
1930s: from the name of the manufacturers.
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