gel·​ig·​nite | \ ˈje-lig-ˌnīt How to pronounce gelignite (audio) \

Definition of gelignite

: a dynamite in which the adsorbent base is largely potassium nitrate or a similar nitrate usually with some wood pulp

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Recent Examples on the Web As our special report on migration this week notes, in most rich countries immigration is political gelignite. The Economist, "The Teflon president," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of gelignite

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gelignite

gelatin + Latin ignis fire + English -ite — more at igneous

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“Gelignite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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