dumdum

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[ duhm-duhm ]
/ ˈdʌmˌdʌm /

noun

a hollow-nosed or soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, inflicting a severe wound.

Origin of dumdum

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First recorded in 1895–1900; named after Dum-Dum, town in India where the bullets were made
Also called dumdum bullet.
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British Dictionary definitions for dumdum bullet

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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