American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A yellow crystalline compound, (NO2)3C6H(CH3)OH, used in high explosives.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A substance obtained by the action of concentrated nitric acid on cresol from coal-tar. It forms yellow needle-like crystals, sparingly soluble in cold water, melting at about 100° C., burning when ignited by a flame, but exploding violently from the shock of a heavy detonating fuse. It has been used in France as an explosive agent under the name cresilite, and its ammonium salt similarly in Austria as ecrasite. It has been to a limited extent applied in medicine as an antiseptic.
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