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chemical warfare

noun
  1. warfare with asphyxiating, poisonous, or corrosive gases, oil flames, etc.
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Origin of chemical warfare

First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for chemical warfare

Historical Examples

  • It was originally estimated that $250,000 would provide a plant at Edgewood sufficient for our chemical-warfare needs.

    America's Munitions 1917-1918

    Benedict Crowell


British Dictionary definitions for chemical warfare

chemical warfare

noun
  1. 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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chemical warfare in Culture

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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