Origin of cyano
First recorded in 1960–65; independent use of cyano-3
- a combining form meaning “blue, dark blue,” used in the formation of compound words: cyanotype.
Also especially before a vowel, cyan-1.
Origin of cyano-1
< Greek kýano(s) dark blue (adj.), dark-blue substance (noun)
- a combining form representing cyanide in the formation of compound words: cyanogen.
Also especially before a vowel, cyan-2.
- a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which the cyano group is present: cyanohydrin.
Also especially before a vowel, cyan-3.
Origin of cyano-3
combining form representing cyanogen
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before a vowel cyan-
- blue or dark bluecyanotype
- indicating cyanogencyanohydrin
- indicating cyanide
from Greek kuanos (adj) dark blue, (n) dark blue enamel, lapis lazuli
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