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dumdum

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[ duhm-duhm ]
/ ˈdʌmˌdʌm /
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noun
a hollow-nosed or soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, inflicting a severe wound.
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Also called dumdum bullet .

Origin of dumdum

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First recorded in 1895–1900; named after Dum-Dum, town in India where the bullets were made

Other definitions for dumdum (2 of 3)

dumdum2
[ duhm-duhm ]
/ ˈdʌmˌdʌm /

noun, adjective

Other definitions for dumdum (3 of 3)

dum-dum

or dumb-dumb

[ duhm-duhm ]
/ ˈdʌmˌdʌm /
Slang.

noun
a silly, stupid person.
adjective
typical of a dum-dum: another dum-dum idea.

Origin of dum-dum

Apparently reduplication and respelling of dumb
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British Dictionary definitions for dumdum

dumdum
/ (ˈdʌmˌdʌm) /

noun
a soft-nosed or hollow-nosed small-arms bullet that expands on impact and inflicts extensive lacerationAlso called: dumdum bullet

Word Origin for dumdum

C19: named after Dum-Dum, town near Kolkata (Calcutta) where these bullets were made
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