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napalm (naphthalene palmitate) Gelatinous petroleum used to make bombs and as fuel for flame-throwers. It was developed during World War II, and widely used by US forces in Vietnam. When napalm hits its target, it spreads out, clinging to and burning everything it touches.

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na·palm / ˈnāpä(l)m/ • n. a highly flammable sticky jelly used in incendiary bombs and flamethrowers, consisting of gasoline thickened with special soaps.• v. [tr.] attack with bombs containing napalm.

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napalm a highly flammable sticky jelly used in incendiary bombs and flame-throwers, consisting of petrol thickened with special soaps; the use of napalm is associated particularly with the Vietnam War.

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napalm jellied petrol. XX. f. initial sylls. of NAPHTHA and PALMITIC.