car·​bon·​ite | \ ˈkärbəˌnīt \
plural -s

Definition of carbonite

1 : a blasting explosive varying greatly in formula but containing among its ingredients a carbonaceous substance (as oak bark), a nitrate, and now usually nitroglycerin
2 [carbon entry 1 + -ite] : a natural coke usually resulting from contact of coal deposits with igneous rock intrusions

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History and Etymology for carbonite

International Scientific Vocabulary carbon entry 1 + -ite; originally formed as German karbonit

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“Carbonite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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