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.

1840–50; gun1 + cotton Unabridged
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guncotton (ˈɡʌnˌkɒtən)
cellulose nitrate containing a relatively large amount of nitrogen: used as an explosive

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Because of its applications, it is also commonly known as guncotton.
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