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mercury fulminate

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noun Chemistry.
  1. a gray, crystalline solid, Hg(CNO)2, used chiefly in the manufacture of commercial and military detonators.

Origin of mercury fulminate

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called fulminate of mercury.
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