1926, from German Zyklon, commercial name of a type of hydrogen cyanide, of unknown etymology, but it is the usual German form of the word cyclone. Originally used as a pesticide and fumigant.
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Zyklon B, a gas used by the Nazis in the death camps, is a haunting example of the rapid lethality of one form, hydrogen cyanide.Sarin, Nitrogen Mustard, Cyanide & More: All About Chemical Weapons
August 26, 2013
In the next case are photocopies of transit passes for the trucks that brought the cannisters of Zyklon B pellets.
Finally the empty canisters of Zyklon B, perhaps a hundred or more, in a pile.