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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unstable acid, HONC, that forms highly explosive salts.

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  • n. Iso-cyanic acid, HCNO, an unstable compound which forms explosive salts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a complex acid, H2C2N2O2, isomeric with cyanic and cyanuric acids, and not known in the free state, but forming a large class of highly explosive salts, the fulminates. Of these, mercuric fulminate, the most common, is used, mixed with niter, to fill percussion caps, charge cartridges, etc. Fulminic acid is made by the action of nitric acid on alcohol.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (CNOH) an unstable acid occurring mainly in the form of explosive salts and esters that is isomeric with cyanic acid

Etymologies

Latin fulmen, fulmin-, lightning that strikes; see fulminate + -ic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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