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[jel-ig-nahyt] /ˈdʒɛl ɪgˌnaɪt/
Origin of gelignite
gel(atin) + Latin ign(is) fire + -ite1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gelignite
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for gelignite


a type of dynamite in which the nitrogelatine is absorbed in a base of wood pulp and potassium or sodium nitrate Also called (informal) gelly (ˈdʒɛlɪ)
Word Origin
C19: from gel(atine) + Latin ignis fire + -ite1
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