Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In chem., related to Prussian blue, which was the first cyanogen compound isolated.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Old Chem.) designating the acid now called hydrocyanic acid, but formerly called
prussic acid, because Prussian blue is derived from it or its compounds. See hydrocyanic.
“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.”
“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.”
“It dissolves readily in water, its solution being commonly called prussic acid.”
“Commonly known as prussic acid, hydrogen cyanide is commonly used in industrial production.”
“Hydrocyanic acid -- which, I understand, is the same thing as what's commonly called prussic acid.”
“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.”
“It came with a rope, the prussic knot and rig to attach to the harness, carry bag, etc.”
“Enough for a fatal dose of prussic acid, I would say.”
“Cherry pits release prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide) when chewed or crushed.”
“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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