American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An unstable acid, HONC, that forms highly explosive salts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Chem.) 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.
- n. (CNOH) an unstable acid occurring mainly in the form of explosive salts and esters that is isomeric with cyanic acid
- Latin fulmen, fulmin-, lightning that strikes; see fulminate + -ic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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