gun-cotton

guncotton

[guhn-kot-n]
noun
a highly explosive cellulose nitrate, made by digesting clean cotton in a mixture of one part nitric acid and three parts sulfuric acid: used in making smokeless powder.

Origin:
1840–50; gun1 + cotton

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guncotton (ˈɡʌnˌkɒtən)
 
n
cellulose nitrate containing a relatively large amount of nitrogen: used as an explosive

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