Zyklon

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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.

  • In the next case are photocopies of transit passes for the trucks that brought the cannisters of Zyklon B pellets.

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    My Visit To Hell

    Christopher Buckley

    January 30, 2009

  • Finally the empty canisters of Zyklon B, perhaps a hundred or more, in a pile.

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    My Visit To Hell

    Christopher Buckley

    January 30, 2009