Prince Rupert's drops

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Prince Rupert's drops drops of glass which have fallen in a melted state into cold water, and have assumed a tadpole-like shape, the whole falling to dust with a loud report if the point of the tail be nipped off
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dropa, a drop—dreópan, to drop; Dut. drop, Ger. tropfe.

Usage

In literature:

These celebrities I speak of are the Prince-Rupert's-drops of the learned and polite world.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 1, Issue 2, December, 1857" by Various
Certainly he should not go further than Prince Rupert's drops.
"Selections from Previous Worksand Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals" by Samuel Butler
Do you remember what a Prince Rupert's drop is?
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
These drops of glass are often exhibited at the present day, and are called Prince Rupert's drops.
"Charles I" by Jacob Abbott
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In news:

Break the tail of a Prince Rupert 's glass drop, and the whole thing explodes.
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