from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The ammonium salt of trinitrocresol, experimented with in Austria as an explosive for charging shells.
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- noun An
explosivematerial which is unaffectedby moisture, shockand fire, a mixture of ammoniumcresylate with picric acidthat is prepared from trinitrocresol.
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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.