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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
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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HHHHH Punker than a Clash T-shirt soaked in Johnny Rotten's spit, legendary Ramones drummer Marky kicked things off by delivering a history of the New York group but his Q&A session was cut short by constant catcalls from the audience.
Surviving members (two, including punker Patti Smith's eventual husband/collaborator Fred "Sonic" Smith, have since died) are still pretty full of themselves, and offer entertainingly contrary recall of their shared history.
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And Danny Fuller has been observed with the likes of Makua Rothman, PM Tenore, and Punker Pat.
Donning thick glasses that blur his vision serves to restrain that havoc-wreaking tendency, but it also complicates relations with his various oddball neighbors, including Tourette's-stricken punker Victor (Michael Laurence), cleaning fetishist Connie (Dale Soules) and her love-seeking daughter, Helen (Shannon Burkett), who sets her sights on seeing-impaired Larue.
The first punker I met took me on my way home from school.
Come with me!" They were just these hellion punker chicks and they were down to party.
It's funny, because I often get a rep as being part of the 'punker than thou' crowd, but I don't think it's a fair tag.
All the punker and stoner guys, my brother's crew, for sure.