Napalm



[ney-pahm] /ˈneɪ pɑm/

noun
1.
a highly incendiary jellylike substance used in fire bombs, flamethrowers, etc.
verb (used with object)
2.
to drop bombs containing napalm on (troops, a city, or the like).
/ˈneɪpɑːm; ˈnæ-/
noun
1.
a thick and highly incendiary liquid, usually consisting of petrol gelled with aluminium soaps, used in firebombs, flame-throwers, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) to attack with napalm
n.

1942, from na(phthenic) palm(itic) acids, used in manufacture of the chemical that thickens gasoline. The verb is 1950, from the noun. Related: Napalmed; napalming.
napalm
(nā’päm’)
A firm jelly made by mixing gasoline with aluminum salts (made of fatty acids). It is used in some bombs and in flamethrowers. Napalm was developed during World War II.
naphthene + palmitate

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