plural -s
: an explosive C8H6(NO2)4ONO2 that is derived from nitramide, picric acid, and ethyl nitrate and that is somewhat more sensitive to friction than tetryl and much more sensitive than picric acid or trinitrotoluene

Word History


penta- + -ryl (as in tetryl)

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“Pentryl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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