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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: naphthene a chemical compound (19-21 centuries) (from naphtha) + palmitate a chemical substance (19-21 centuries) (from French palme 'palm tree')

napalm

noun
     
Related topics: Weapons
na‧palm [uncountable]
PMW a substance made from petrol that was used in bombs by US forces to burn fields and villages during the Vietnam war

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