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guncotton

[ guhn-kot-n ]
/ ˈgʌnˌkɒt n /
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noun

a highly explosive nitrocellulose, made by breaking down clean cotton in a mixture of one part nitric acid and three parts sulfuric acid: used in making smokeless powder.

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Origin of guncotton

First recorded in 1840–50; gun1 + cotton
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British Dictionary definitions for guncotton

guncotton
/ (ˈɡʌnˌkɒtən) /

noun

cellulose nitrate containing a relatively large amount of nitrogen: used as an explosive
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