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[mass noun] A high explosive consisting of a mixture of TNT and ammonium nitrate.
- ‘The walls were also slightly thinner, giving a capacity of 6.15 kg of amatol.’
- ‘Secondly, a lot of bombs failed to detonate as many had warheads made of amatol, which was an inefficient explosive.’
- ‘Originally these mines had TNT-filling, but Finnish manuals list only mines with amatol filling.’
- ‘This realization also led to the production of minol, a mixture of aluminium and amatol, that could devastate an area 80% larger than TNT alone.’
Early 20th century: formed irregularly from am(monium) + tol(uene).
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