One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The property of being explosive; the degree to which something is explosive.
2Volcanic activity characterized by the forceful ejection of pyroclastic material; the magnitude of such activity during an eruption or phase of an eruption; the property of erupting in this way.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the American Chemical Society. From explosive + -ity, in sense 1 after German Explosivität.
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