hypergolic

adjective
hy·​per·​gol·​ic | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈgä-lik How to pronounce hypergolic (audio) \

Definition of hypergolic

1 : igniting upon contact of components without external aid (such as a spark)
2 : of, relating to, or using hypergolic fuel

Other Words from hypergolic

hypergolically \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈgä-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypergolically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of hypergolic

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypergolic

German Hypergol a hypergolic fuel, probably from hyper- + erg- + -ol (hydrocarbon)

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“Hypergolic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypergolic. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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