- to treat (wood) against decay with a solution of mercuric chloride.
Also especially British, ky·an·ise.
Origin of kyanize
1830–40; named after J. H. Kyan (1774–1850), Irish developer of the process; see -ize
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- (tr) to treat (timber) with corrosive sublimate to make it resistant to decay
C19: after J. H. Kyan (died 1850), English inventor of the process
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