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  • adj. derived from Prussian blue
  • adj. of, or derived from prussic acid; hydrocyanic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. designating the acid now called hydrocyanic acid, but formerly called prussic acid, because Prussian blue is derived from it or its compounds. See hydrocyanic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In chem., related to Prussian blue, which was the first cyanogen compound isolated.


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  • Though we call prussic acid the agent of a person’s death, the whole of the vital and organic properties of the patient are as actively instrumental as the poison, in the chain of effects which so rapidly terminates his sentient existence.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • "But there is another peculiarity of this family of trees which is not so innocent, and that is that in the fruit-kernel, and also in the leaves, there is a deadly poison called prussic acid."

    Among the Trees at Elmridge

  • It dissolves readily in water, its solution being commonly called prussic acid.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

  • Commonly known as prussic acid, hydrogen cyanide is commonly used in industrial production.

    WHSV - HomePage - Headlines

  • "Hydrocyanic acid -- which, I understand, is the same thing as what's commonly called prussic acid.

    The Paradise Mystery

  • Of course, I know that an odour of peach-blossom in the air, resulting in death, could only be associated with some vaporous effluvium of cyanogen, or of hydrocyanic ( 'prussic') acid, or of both; and when I at last managed to examine some of the dust under the microscope, I was not therefore surprised to find, among the general mass of purplish ash, a number of bright-yellow particles, which could only be minute crystals of potassic ferrocyanide.

    The Purple Cloud

  • It came with a rope, the prussic knot and rig to attach to the harness, carry bag, etc.

    How many of you out there actually wear a safety harness when hunting from your treestand?

  • "Enough for a fatal dose of prussic acid, I would say."


  • Cherry pits release prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide) when chewed or crushed.

    Megan Baaske: How Cultures Around The World Consume Dangerous Foods Daily With No Worries

  • It must be well dried, however, because burning green laurel would release poisonous hydrogen cyanide from the prussic acid contained in the sap.


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