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Kieselguhr   Listen
noun
Kieselguhr  n.  Siliceous earth; diatomaceous earth; specifically, porous infusorial earth, used as an absorbent of nitroglycerin in the manufacture of dynamite.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Kieselguhr" Quotes from Famous Books



... there are indeed some simple elements in creation, but dynamite is not one of them. It is composed of an excessively explosive oil named nitro-glycerine (itself a compound), and an earth called kieselguhr. The earth is not explosive, and is only mixed with the nitro-glycerine to render that liquid less dangerous; but the compound is named dynamite, in which form it is made up and sold in immense quantities for mining purposes. Here is some of it," I added, pulling from ...
— In the Track of the Troops • R.M. Ballantyne



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