- a high explosive containing picric acid.
Origin of melinite
1885–90; < French mélinite < Greek mḗlin(os) made of apples (derivative of mêlon apple) + French -ite -ite1
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Examples from the Web for melinite
Explosive shells of melinite are the leading idea in France.
That shell will be cherished after extraction of its fuse and melinite charge.Four Months Besieged
H. H. S. Pearse
But steel shells, with a bursting charge of melinite, do not encourage delusions.South Africa and the Boer-British War, Volume I
J. Castell Hopkins
Shrapnel screamed all around, and melinite shells made the earth shake.Tommy Atkins at War
James Alexander Kilpatrick
Pg 120 The whole place was dust and thunder and the half-acrid, half-fat, all-sickly smell of melinite.From Capetown to Ladysmith
G. W. Steevens
- a high explosive made from picric acid
C19: via French from Greek mēlinos (colour) of a quince, from mēlon fruit, quince