- sodium palmitate or an aluminum soap added to gasoline or oil to form a highly flammable, jellylike substance
- this substance, used in flame throwers and bombs
Origin of napalmna(phthene) + palm(itate), constituents used in its manufacture
- a. An aluminum soap of various fatty acids that when mixed with gasoline makes a firm jelly used in some bombs and in flamethrowers.b. This jelly.
- An incendiary mixture of gasoline or other petroleum fuel and a thickener or gel-forming agent.
Origin of napalmna(phthenate), salt of naphthenic acid (from naphthene) + palm(itate).
(third-person singular simple present napalms, present participle napalming, simple past and past participle napalmed)
Formed from na(phthenic) palm(itic) acid, the two original components of the substance.