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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Flambeau \Flam"beau\; n.; pl. Flambeauxor Flambeaus. [F., fr. OF. flambe flame, for flamble, from L. flammula a little flame, dim. of flamma flame. See Flame.] A flaming torch, esp. one made by combining together a number of thick wicks invested with a quick-burning substance (anciently, perhaps, wax; in modern times, pitch or the like); hence, any torch. [1913 Webster]