Ajax powder

noun

Definition of Ajax powder

: an explosive used in coal mining consisting chiefly of nitroglycerin, potassium perchlorate, ammonium oxalate, and wood flour

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First Known Use of Ajax powder

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ajax powder

after Ajax, one of the Greek heroes in Homer's Iliad, possessed of great stature and strength, from Latin, from Greek Aias

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“Ajax powder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ajax%20powder. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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