- a hollow-nosed or soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, inflicting a severe wound.
Origin of dumdum1
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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- 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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1897, named for Dum-Dum arsenal in Bengal, where the British made them to use against fanatical charges by tribesmen. Outlawed by international declaration, 1899. The place name is literally "hill, mound, battery," cognate with Persian damdama.
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