gunpaper

[guhn-pey-per]

noun Military.

a type of paper treated with nitric acid so that it has a composition similar to that of guncotton.

Nearby words

  1. gunnery,
  2. gunnery sergeant,
  3. gunning,
  4. gunny,
  5. gunnysack,
  6. gunplay,
  7. gunpoint,
  8. gunport,
  9. gunpowder,
  10. gunpowder plot

Origin of gunpaper

First recorded in 1850–55; gun1 + paper

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British Dictionary definitions for gunpaper

gunpaper

noun

a cellulose nitrate explosive made by treating paper with nitric acid
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