lyddite


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lyddite

[′li‚dīt]
(materials)
An explosive composed chiefly of picric acid.
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The Mont Blanc, a French freighter under the command of Captain Aime Le Medec, was due to arrive on the following day, and was laden with 2,300 tons of the explosive lyddite, 200 tons of TNT, ten tons of gun cotton and thirty-five tons of highly inflammable benzole, this latter being contained in drums stacked on the ship's upper deck.
As the decrepit Rainbow was slow, poorly armoured with two 6-inch guns so old that their shells were still filled with gunpowder rather than lyddite, it was perhaps fortunate for Rainbow's crew that their valiant effort proved unsuccessful.
The ridges of the hills sparkled and eruptions of brown smoke from the lyddite shell like miniature volcanos.