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[sahy-an-uh-juh n, -jen]
  1. a colorless, poisonous, flammable, water-soluble gas, C2N2, having an almondlike odor: used chiefly in organic synthesis.
  2. cyano group.
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Origin of cyanogen

First recorded in 1820–30; cyano-1 + -gen
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  1. an extremely poisonous colourless flammable gas with an almond-like odour: has been used in chemical warfare. Formula: (CN) 2
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Word Origin for cyanogen

C19: from French cyanogène; see cyano-, -gen; so named because it is one of the constituents of Prussian blue
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