Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A salt of hydrocyanic acid: same as cyanide.
- n. chemistry A compound of hydrocyanic acid with a base, distinguished from cyanide, in which only the cyanogen so combines.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A compound of hydrocyanic acid with a base; -- distinguished from a
cyanide, in which only the cyanogen so combines.
- hydro- + cyanide (Wiktionary)
“One, however, was more than half full of a solution of hydrocyanide of potassium, a liquid little less suddenly and surely fatal than the prussic acid which enters into its composition.”
“Instantly he recognized the faint, sickly odour of hydrocyanide of potassium, and remembered that he had left the bottle with the solution on his table that afternoon in his hurry.”
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