What is Napalm?

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"A highly flammable sticky jelly used in incendiary bombs and flamethrowers, consisting of gasoline thickened with special soaps."

-Google Dictionary

"Napalm is a thickening/gelling agent generally mixed with gasoline or a similar fuel for use in an incendiary device, primarily as an anti-personnel weapon. The portmanteau Napalm was derived from the names of two of the constituents of the gel: naphthenic acid and palmitic acid."


"Napalm is a flammable, gasoline-based weapon invented in 1942. The name is a portmanteau word for naphthenic palmitic acids. It was used by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. It produces horrific wounds, and although its use is not specifically prohibited by the laws of war, most nations no longer use it."


"Napalm (naphthenic palmitic acid) is an incendiary weapon invented in 1942. It is an extremely flammable, gasoline-based defoliant and antipersonnel weapon that can generate temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees."


"a mixture of petrol and a chemical thickener which produces a tough sticky gel that attaches itself to the skin."


"A mixture of petrol and other substances that burns fiercely and is very hard to put out. Also known as jellied gasoline"