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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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.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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His dual role as head honcho and bit player rest easily with him, a cool clam blowing over his punkish veneer.
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Arthur himself must pass through a metallic iris that transforms him into a minuscule kid with punkish hair, and then is brought to the court of the king (Robert De Niro).
However varied Heck's paintings, photos, and videos may appear, the overall impression they give is of an aggressive, punkish attitude, a refusal to accept the world as it is.
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Vocalist Paul Resende and sultry guitarist Claire Ingram looked like a pair of public school rebels, while bassist John Ball had a punkish Mohawk.
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