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[am-uh-tawl, -tol]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. an explosive mixture of ammonium nitrate and TNT.
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Origin of amatol

1915–20; am(monium) + connective -a- + (trinitro)tol(uene)
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  • Amatol: a mixture of ammonium nitrate and trinitrotoluene, used for shell-filling.

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British Dictionary definitions for amatol


  1. an explosive mixture of ammonium nitrate and TNT, used in shells and bombs
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Word Origin

C20: from am (monium) + (trinitro) tol (uene)
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