noun Chemistry.

a high explosive consisting chiefly of picric acid.

Origin of lyddite

1885–90; named after Lydd, borough in SE England near the site where it was first tested; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lyddite

Historical Examples of lyddite

  • Their clothing, hands and faces were stained yellow from the lyddite fumes.

    The Red Watch

    J. A. Currie

  • Major Elmslie threw altogether some 410 Lyddite shells into Omdurman.

  • The explosion blackened our faces with lyddite and half-blinded us.

    Kitchener's Mob

    James Norman Hall

  • Its red glarePg 220 is followed by flame that does not come from lyddite.

    Four Months Besieged

    H. H. S. Pearse

  • The smell of the lyddite was nauseating, the uproar stupefying.



British Dictionary definitions for lyddite



an explosive consisting chiefly of fused picric acid
a dense black variety of chert, formerly used as a touchstone

Word Origin for lyddite

C19: (sense 1) named after Lydd, a town in Kent near which the first tests were made
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