Named after Edward W Very, a 19th-century US naval officer.
Very light (plural Very lights) A type of pyrotechnic flare used as a signal or temporary illumination. 1974, John Le Carré, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Folio Society 2009, p. 266-7: Flares exploded, Very lights went up, even tracer, and as Jim raced the Fiat down the track he had the impression of leaving a military tattoo at its climax.
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