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dunnite

[ duhn-ahyt ]
/ ˈdʌn aɪt /
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noun

an explosive used as a bursting charge for armor-piercing projectiles and in high-explosive shells: dunnite is chemically related to but less stable than TNT.

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Also called am·mo·ni·um pic·rate [uh-moh-nee-uhm pik-reyt], /əˈmoʊ ni əm ˈpɪk reɪt/, ex·plo·sive D [ik-sploh-siv dee]. /ɪkˈsploʊ sɪv ˈdi/.

Origin of dunnite

Named after Colonel B. W. Dunn (1860–1936), U.S. Army, the inventor; see -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for dunnite

dunnite
/ (ˈdʌnaɪt) /

noun

an explosive containing ammonium picrate

Word Origin for dunnite

C20: named after Colonel B. W. Dunn (1860–1936), American army officer who invented it
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