a colorless, poisonous, flammable, water-soluble gas, C2N2, having an almondlike odor: used chiefly in organic synthesis.
Origin of cyanogen
First recorded in 1820–30; cyano-1
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Historical Examples of cyanogen
Cyanogen was separated, and identified from the lungs and the liver.
It is very inflammable, burning with a violet flame resembling that of cyanogen, but somewhat whiter in colour.
That is why in Delaney it had the appearance of cyanogen poisoning.
But the trace of cyanogen in the air was merely a coincidence, Haynes.
It is, however, principally used as a source of cyanogen and hydrocyanic acid.
British Dictionary definitions for cyanogen
an extremely poisonous colourless flammable gas with an almond-like odour: has been used in chemical warfare. Formula: (CN) 2
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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