from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An explosive consisting chiefly of picric acid.
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- n. An explosive consisting mostly of picric acid
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A high explosive consisting principally of picric acid, used as a shell explosive in the British service; -- so named from the proving grounds at Lydd, England.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An explosive, consisting of picric acid melted and cast into a shell. It is difficult to detonate.
Where destruction pure and simple is desired, the shell is charged with a high explosive such as picric acid or T.N.T., the colloquial abbreviation for the devastating agent scientifically known as "Trinitrotoluene," the base of which, in common with all the high explosives used by the different powers and variously known as lyddite, melinite, cheddite, and so forth, is picric acid.
This alacrity was not consistent with their earlier diatribes against military despotism; but the fact was that since "lyddite" had been found out the experts were chary of making it, and the public still more chary of drinking it.
The mine-action had failed; so at noon, with my pupils, I went down to lay an electric mine over the lyddite, that the detonation of one might fire the other.
Faiz instantly pressed his handle, and the great noise and dust and blackness burst up, as at Mudow-wara a week before, and enveloped me where I sat, while the green-yellow sickly smoke of lyddite hung sluggishly about the wreck.
Some of these columns of water were of a poisonous yellow-green tinge … these would be lyddite shells.
He stopped for the words came slowly, slurred a little from a brain dulled by the lyddite and the hammering of big guns.
He was sick from the lyddite, and tired-tired to the depths of his soul.
The evil blossoms of greenish-yellow lyddite fumes bloomed quickly in the sunlight, then drifted oily thick on the wind.
Poisoned by the lyddite fumes, he fought his nausea and when he had controlled it he looked out along the river.
This one was dangerous, this was where he must command in person, and he ran back to his original position while around him and overhead the storm of shrapnel and lyddite roared on unabated.
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