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lyddite

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

a high explosive consisting chiefly of picric acid.

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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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