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[lid-ahyt] /ˈlɪd aɪt/
noun, Chemistry.
a high explosive consisting chiefly of picric acid.
Origin of lyddite
1885-90; named after Lydd, borough in SE England near the site where it was first tested; see -ite1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Their clothing, hands and faces were stained yellow from the lyddite fumes.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • Back to the British trenches also wafted the sickly fumes of lyddite and cresolite.

  • The camouflage of Allied military thought is more distressing to Germany than lyddite or gas.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • 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 shell burst, but eighteen escaped alive, and these were sorely wounded.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • The smell of the lyddite was nauseating, the uproar stupefying.

    "Contemptible" "Casualty"
  • Their fire was incessant, one vessel alone firing 1000 lyddite and shrapnel shells.

    The British Navy Book Cyril Field
  • They began to move forward, and marched straight for the hill with two field batteries and one (p. 79) lyddite gun.

    Through Shot and Flame J. D. Kestell.
  • lyddite and high explosives rained through the murky evening, and still no orders were issued that reached the Munster Fusiliers.

    The Story of the Munsters Mrs Victor Rickard
British Dictionary definitions for lyddite


an explosive consisting chiefly of fused picric acid
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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