lyddite

[ lid-ahyt ]
/ ˈlɪd aɪt /
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noun Chemistry.

a high explosive consisting chiefly of picric acid.

Nearby words

  1. lycosid,
  2. lycra,
  3. lycurgus,
  4. lycée,
  5. lydda,
  6. lydgate,
  7. lydgate, john,
  8. lydia,
  9. lydian,
  10. lydian mode

Origin of lyddite

1885–90; named after Lydd, borough in SE England near the site where it was first tested; see -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for lyddite

lyddite

/ (ˈlɪdaɪt) /

noun

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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