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[jel-ig-nahyt] /ˈdʒɛl ɪgˌnaɪt/
Origin of gelignite
gel(atin) + Latin ign(is) fire + -ite1 Unabridged
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  • A time came when the gun-cotton and gelignite got scarce, and a powder explosive called ammonal had to be used.

    New Zealanders at Gallipoli Major Fred Waite
  • "But I was not aware that we had any gelignite or giant powder in our possession," I interrupted.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • The manner of the damage was not quite what one would have expected from gelignite, or some equally powerful preparation.

    Christopher Quarles Percy James Brebner
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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