Prussian Prus"sian, a. [From Prussia, the country: cf. F. prussien.] Of or pertaining to Prussia. -- n. A native or inhabitant of Prussia. [1913 Webster]

{Prussian blue} (Chem.), any one of several complex double cyanides of ferrous and ferric iron; specifically, a dark blue amorphous substance having a coppery luster, obtained by adding a solution of potassium ferrocyanide (yellow prussiate of potash) to a ferric salt. It is used in dyeing, in ink, etc. Called also {Williamson's blue}, {insoluble Prussian blue}, {Berlin blue}, etc.

{Prussian carp} (Zo["o]l.) See {Gibel}.

{Prussian green}. (Chem.) Same as {Berlin green}, under {Berlin}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Prussian — 1550s, from PRUSSIA (Cf. Prussia). Prussic acid (1790), is from Fr. acide prussique, so called in reference to the prussian blue pigment, to which it is chemically related. Prussian blue (1724) came to English from Fr. bleu de Prusse, so called… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Prussian — [prush′ən] adj. 1. of Prussia or its people, language, or culture 2. like or characteristic of the Junkers and military caste of Prussia, regarded as harsh in discipline, militaristic, arrogant, etc. n. 1. a member of a Baltic speaking people… …   English World dictionary

  • Prussian — ► NOUN ▪ a person from the former German kingdom of Prussia. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Prussia …   English terms dictionary

  • Prussian — 1. adjective ˈpɹʌ.ʃənˈpɹuːsiːənˈpɹuː.ʃən Of, from, or pertaining to Prussia. 2. noun ˈpɹʌ.ʃənˈpɹuːsiːənˈpɹuː.ʃən a) The Prussian language; see Old Prussian and New Prussian. The Junkers were the stereotypical Prussians …   Wiktionary

  • Prussian — adj. & n. adj. of or relating to Prussia, a former German State, or relating to its rigidly militaristic tradition. n. a native of Prussia. Phrases and idioms: Old Prussian the language spoken in Prussia until the 17th c. Prussian blue a deep… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Prussian — /prush euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Prussia or its inhabitants. 2. characterized by, exemplifying, or resembling Prussianism. n. 3. a native or inhabitant of Prussia. 4. (originally) one of a Lettic people formerly inhabiting territory… …   Universalium

  • Prussian — /ˈprʌʃən/ (say prushuhn) adjective 1. of or relating to Prussia or its inhabitants. –noun 2. a native or inhabitant of Prussia. 3. any of the German dialects of East or West Prussia. 4. Old Prussian. 5. (originally) one of a Lettic people… …   Australian English dictionary

  • prussian — a, prussian, o adj. et n. prussienne …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • Prussian — adjective or noun see Prussia …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Prussian — ISO 639 3 Code : prg ISO 639 2/B Code : ISO 639 2/T Code : ISO 639 1 Code : Scope : Individual Language Type : Extinct …   Names of Languages ISO 639-3

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