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guncotton

[guhn-kot-n] /ˈgʌnˌkɒt n/
noun
1.
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 of guncotton
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; gun1 + cotton
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guncotton

/ˈɡʌnˌkɒtən/
noun
1.
cellulose nitrate containing a relatively large amount of nitrogen: used as an explosive
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