white phosphorus grenade


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white phosphorus grenade

[′wīt ¦fä·sfə·rəs grə′nād]
(ordnance)
Hand grenade or rifle grenade containing a main charge of white phosphorus and a small explosive burster charge for scattering the main charge; used for smoke and some incendiary effect.
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While white phosphorus grenades are a thing of the past, British Forces do possess white phosphorus munitions, but they are used prim- arily for producing smoke.