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chemical warfare

[ kem-i-kuhl wawr-fair ]
/ ˈkɛm ɪ kəl ˈwɔrˌfɛər /
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noun
warfare with poisonous, asphyxiating, or corrosive gases, oil flames, etc. Abbreviation: CW
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Origin of chemical warfare

First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for chemical warfare

chemical warfare

noun
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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Cultural definitions for chemical warfare

chemical warfare

The use of chemical agents as a weapon of war or terror. From the mustard gas used in World War I to the highly lethal neurotoxin Sarin that is potentially available for use today, chemicals are considered a weapon of mass destruction, and their use is condemned by most civilized nations.

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