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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. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • 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


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
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