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noun Chemistry.
  1. a high explosive containing picric acid.
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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

Historical Examples

  • Explosive shells of melinite are the leading idea in France.

    Buchanan's Journal of Man, August 1887


  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for melinite


  1. a high explosive made from picric acid
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Word Origin

C19: via French from Greek mēlinos (colour) of a quince, from mēlon fruit, quince
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