mercury fulminate

noun Chemistry.

a gray, crystalline solid, Hg(CNO)2, used chiefly in the manufacture of commercial and military detonators.

Nearby words

  1. mercurous chloride,
  2. mercury,
  3. mercury arc,
  4. mercury barometer,
  5. mercury chloride,
  6. mercury mass,
  7. mercury poisoning,
  8. mercury program,
  9. mercury switch,
  10. mercury-vapor lamp

Origin of mercury fulminate

First recorded in 1900–05

Also called fulminate of mercury. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019