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[pruhs-ik] /ˈprʌs ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry.
of or derived from prussic acid.
Origin of prussic
First recorded in 1780-90; See origin at prussic acid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You believe in the action of a drug—say, prussic acid—you believe it will kill?

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • She drank the little phial of prussic acid and there she lay.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • I'm not very exacting, but the way you look at men is just prussic acid to me.

    Aladdin of London

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • Page 382, reference to prussic Acid: the Dictionary does not have this article.

  • What a fool he had been not to buy strychnine, prussic acid, or laudanum!

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • The prussic acid had been taken from his father's dispensary.

    The Riddle of the Purple Emperor

    Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
  • The vial of prussic acid stood on the same table with the tea.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • The prussic acid may, however, be separated from it, and leave the oil harmless.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
  • Nicotin, the alkaloid of tobacco, is as deadly a poison as prussic acid.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner

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