Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ammonium salt of trinitrocresol, experimented with in Austria as an explosive for charging shells. The same name is said to have been given to an explosive consisting of the so-called blasting-gelatin with picrate and either sulphate or hydrochlorate of ammonium.
“Everywhere the traces of frenzied devastation grinned, blackened remains of a wilderness of wires, beams, sacks, broken tools, a disorder that took one's breath away and made one dizzy -- all steeped in the suffocating stench of combustion, powder smoke, and the pungent, stinging breath of the ecrasite shells.”
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