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English definition of “spontaneous combustion”

spontaneous combustion

noun [U]    
a situation in which something suddenly starts to burn without any obvious cause Burning, burnt and on fire
(Definition of spontaneous combustion noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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