gel(atin) + Latin ign(is) fire + -ite1 Unabridged
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gelignite (ˈdʒɛlɪɡˌnaɪt)
Also called (informal): gelly a type of dynamite in which the nitrogelatine is absorbed in a base of wood pulp and potassium or sodium nitrate
[C19: from gel(atine) + Latin ignis fire + -ite1]

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The identification of industrial blasting explosives of the gelignite type.
The first two buildings were brought down in only ten seconds with hundreds of pounds of gelignite charges.
Gelignite was also adopted as soon as it became available.
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