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[duhm-duhm] /ˈdʌmˌdʌm/
a hollow-nosed or soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, inflicting a severe wound.
Also called dumdum bullet.
Origin of dumdum1
First recorded in 1895-1900; named after Dum-Dum, town in India where the bullets were made Unabridged
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  • All I could get out of it was that a dumdum bullet had smashed his right shinbone.

    Men in War Andreas Latzko
British Dictionary definitions for dumdum bullet


a soft-nosed or hollow-nosed small-arms bullet that expands on impact and inflicts extensive laceration Also called dumdum bullet
Word Origin
C19: named after Dum-Dum, town near Kolkata (Calcutta) where these bullets were made
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Word Origin and History for dumdum bullet

1897, named for Dum-Dum arsenal in Bengal, where the British made them to use against fanatical charges by tribesmen. Outlawed by international declaration, 1899. The place name is literally "hill, mound, battery," cognate with Persian damdama.

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