Origin of dumdum

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


  1. 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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