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lyddite

[lid-ahyt] /ˈlɪd aɪt/
noun, Chemistry.
1.
a high explosive consisting chiefly of picric acid.
Origin of lyddite
1885-1890
1885-90; named after Lydd, borough in SE England near the site where it was first tested; see -ite1
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  • Their clothing, hands and faces were stained yellow from the lyddite fumes.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • Major Elmslie threw altogether some 410 lyddite shells into Omdurman.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • The explosion blackened our faces with lyddite and half-blinded us.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
  • Its red glarePg 220 is followed by flame that does not come from lyddite.

    Four Months Besieged H. H. S. Pearse
  • The smell of the lyddite was nauseating, the uproar stupefying.

    "Contemptible" "Casualty"
  • The gun uses shrapnel as well, but relies for its main effects on lyddite.

    With Rimington L. March Phillipps
  • Back to the British trenches also wafted the sickly fumes of lyddite and cresolite.

  • Here a corner of one of the massive entrance pillars had been sharply severed off by a British lyddite shell.

    South African Memories Lady Sarah Wilson
  • A few of Buller's lyddite shells were bursting near him, and one shell was seen to strike his magazine and explode it.

  • lyddite shells having found the range, about 3000 yards, opened fire upon Omdurman.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
British Dictionary definitions for lyddite

lyddite

/ˈlɪdaɪt/
noun
1.
an explosive consisting chiefly of fused picric acid
2.
a dense black variety of chert, formerly used as a touchstone
Word Origin
C19: (sense 1) named after Lydd, a town in Kent near which the first tests were made
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