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napalm

[ney-pahm] /ˈneɪ pɑm/
noun
1.
a highly incendiary jellylike substance used in fire bombs, flamethrowers, etc.
verb (used with object)
2.
to drop bombs containing napalm on (troops, a city, or the like).
Origin of napalm
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism; na(phthene) + palm(itate)
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napalm

/ˈneɪpɑːm; ˈnæ-/
noun
1.
a thick and highly incendiary liquid, usually consisting of petrol gelled with aluminium soaps, used in firebombs, flame-throwers, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) to attack with napalm
Word Origin
C20: from na(phthene) + palm(itate)
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Word Origin and History for napalm
n.

1942, from na(phthenic) palm(itic) acids, used in manufacture of the chemical that thickens gasoline. The verb is 1950, from the noun. Related: Napalmed; napalming.

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napalm
  (nā'päm')   
A firm jelly made by mixing gasoline with aluminum salts (made of fatty acids). It is used in some bombs and in flamethrowers. Napalm was developed during World War II.
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Related Abbreviations for napalm

napalm

naphthene + palmitate
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