Ajax powder

noun

Definition of Ajax powder

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

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Origin and Etymology of ajax powder

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


First Known Use: 1885


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