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cyanogen

[ sahy-an-uh-juhn, -jen ]
/ saɪˈæn ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /
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noun
a colorless, poisonous, flammable, water-soluble gas, C2N2, having an almondlike odor: used chiefly in organic synthesis.
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Origin of cyanogen

First recorded in 1820–30; cyano-1 + -gen
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British Dictionary definitions for cyanogen

cyanogen
/ (saɪˈænədʒɪn) /

noun
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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