potassium cyanide


noun Chemistry.

a white, granular, water-soluble, poisonous powder, KCN, having a faint almondlike odor, used chiefly in metallurgy and photography.

Origin of potassium cyanide

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for potassium cyanide

potassium cyanide

noun

a white poisonous granular soluble solid substance used in photography and in extracting gold from its ores. Formula: KCN

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