One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An immensely powerful aerial bomb that derives its destructive power from the mixture of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder with air.
- ‘In the years to come we may well see far more nightmarish things in our military arsenal than bunker-busters and daisy-cutters.’
- ‘And the world will not sit idly by while they flatten the region with daisy-cutters and hyperbolic bombs.’
- ‘For the recalcitrants, the hell-on-earth of daisy-cutters, thermobaric bombs and the everlasting half-life of the waste from nuclear detonations.’
- ‘There isn't the heavy equipment to go into those caves, and take down tons of rubble from those daisy-cutter bombs.’
- ‘Otherwise, they might be stationed at sites where they would come down with a case of anthrax or botulism before encountering an American daisy-cutter.’
Early 20th century: so named because the bomb explodes just above ground level.
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