prussic acid
noun Etymology: French prussique, from (bleu de) Prusse Prussian blue Date: 1790 hydrocyanic acid

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  • prussic acid — [prus′ik] n. [Fr (acide) prussique < (bleu de) Prusse, Prussian (blue): from its chemical relationship to Prussian blue] HYDROCYANIC ACID …   English World dictionary

  • prussic acid — Hydrocyanic Hy dro*cy*an ic, a. [Hydro , 2 + anic: cf. F. hydrocyanique.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from the combination of, hydrogen and cyanogen. [1913 Webster] {Hydrocyanic acid} (Chem.), a colorless, mobile, volatile liquid, {HCN},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prussic acid — [ prʌsɪk] noun old fashioned term for hydrocyanic acid. Derivatives prussiate noun Origin C18: prussic from Fr. prussique relating to Prussian blue …   English new terms dictionary

  • prussic acid — /prʌsɪk ˈæsəd/ (say prusik asuhd) noun → hydrocyanic acid. {prussic, from French prussique, from Prusse Prussia} …   Australian English dictionary

  • prussic acid — SYN: hydrocyanic acid. * * * prus·sic acid .prəs ik n HYDROCYANIC ACID * * * see hydrocyanic acid * * * prus·sic ac·id (prusґik) hydrogen cyanide …   Medical dictionary

  • prussic acid — Chem. See hydrocyanic acid. [1780 90; trans. of F acide prussique (equiv. to Prusse PRUSSIA + ique IC); so called because it was first obtained by heating Prussian blue with sulfuric acid] * * * …   Universalium

  • prussic acid — prus′sic ac′id [[t]ˈprʌs ɪk[/t]] n. chem. hydrocyanic acid • Etymology: 1780–90; trans. of F acide prussique (=Prusse Prussia+ ique ic); so called because it was first obtained by heating Prussian blue with sulfuric acid …   From formal English to slang

  • prussic acid — noun a solution of hydrogen cyanide in water; weak solutions are used in fumigating and in the synthesis of organic compounds • Syn: ↑hydrocyanic acid • Hypernyms: ↑acid …   Useful english dictionary

  • prussic acid — prus|sic ac|id [ˌprʌsık ˈæsıd] n [U] [Date: 1700 1800; : French; Origin: prussique Prussian ; because it was first obtained from Prussian blue, a coloring material] a very poisonous acid …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prussic acid — prus|sic ac|id [ ,prʌsık æsıd ] noun uncount an extremely poisonous acid …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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