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1. dried decayed wood that smoulders when ignited: used as tinder
2. any of various other substances that smoulder when ignited, esp one used to light fireworks



a material that smolders when a spark falls on it. Punk is used to start a fire by striking steel against a flint. It is prepared from the sporophores of various fungi of the genus Fomes, particularly the tinder fungus (F. fomentarius), which grows mainly on the birch tree. To obtain punk, the sporophore is separated from the rest of the fruiting body, impregnated with potassium nitrate, and dried. Punk was used to kindle fires primarily before matches came into widespread use.

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At this point, punk is as much a stylistic denomination as classicism or Romanticism, a label that functions conveniently in the popular language.
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This exhibition has its source in a carefully compiled archive of graphics, prints, photographs and memorabilia collected by Gerrion Jones since the early days of punk in 1976 when he was a teenager.
Save Your Breath are first on stage and the audience laps up the summery melodic punk.
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