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verb (used with object), ky·an·ized, ky·an·iz·ing.
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for kyanize



  1. (tr) to treat (timber) with corrosive sublimate to make it resistant to decay
Derived Formskyanization or kyanisation, noun

Word Origin

C19: after J. H. Kyan (died 1850), English inventor of the process
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