igniting spontaneously when mixed together, as rocket fuel and oxidizer combinations
Origin of hypergolicfrom German hypergol, a hypergolic liquid fuel ( from hyp-, for hyper- + Classical Greek ergon, work + Classical Latin oleum, oil) + -ic
- Of or relating to a rocket propellant consisting of fuel and an oxidizer that ignite spontaneously on contact.
- Using such a fuel.
Origin of hypergolicFrom German Hypergol a hypergolic fluid propellant from hyper- extreme ( from Greek huper- ; see hyper- . )Greek ergon work ; see erg 1.
From German, from Ancient Greek υπέρ (ypér) + έργον (érgon, “work”).