- warfare with asphyxiating, poisonous, or corrosive gases, oil flames, etc.
Origin of chemical warfare
First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for chemical warfare
It was originally estimated that $250,000 would provide a plant at Edgewood sufficient for our chemical-warfare needs.America's Munitions 1917-1918
- warfare in which chemicals other than explosives are used as weapons, esp warfare using asphyxiating or nerve gases, poisons, defoliants, etc
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