from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of, pertaining to, or using ammonia; ammoniac.

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  • adjective Pertaining to or containing ammonia.

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  • adjective pertaining to or containing or similar to ammonia


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  • On examining the tables given above, it is obvious that guanos may be divided into two classes, the one characterized by the abundance of ammonia, the other by that of phosphates; and which, for convenience sake, may be called ammoniacal and phosphatic guanos.

    Elements of Agricultural Chemistry

  • With a deep breath for courage, I picked up the vial of ammoniacal spirits.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • I still recoil at the memory of that ammoniacal, and demoniacal, assault on my eyes and nose.

    John B. Fenn - Autobiography

  • States where he became manager of the Metacloth Company, a small enterprise in Lodi, N.J. whose main product was cotton duck treated by immersion in a concentrated ammoniacal solution of copper hydroxide followed by a wash in acid.

    John B. Fenn - Autobiography

  • Round the outside of some of these rings was a slow fire, which just singes the tops of the bits of rubber vine as they project over the collar or ring, and causes the milky juice to run out of the lower end into the calabash, giving out as it does so a strong ammoniacal smell.

    Travels in West Africa

  • He tried to tell himself it was only a dream, but the feel of the rough mattress-ticking beneath him and the fetid, faintly ammoniacal smell of feathers and old newspapers and bird dung argued otherwise.

    Fear Itself

  • On top of this was the smell of unwashed men and their festering wounds, cooking food and fermenting beer, unburied rubbish, and filth, the ammoniacal reek of the latrine pits and the dung heaps, and the even more biting stench of unburied corpses.


  • It is a blend of many smells, of dung-fires and of cooking food, the sweet smell of new-cut hay and the ammoniacal smell of the horses, and the stench of human sewage in open pits, of leather and pitch and horse-sweat and woodshavings and sour beer.

    River God

  • The ammoniacal fluid was harsh, and smelled strong, but it dissolved oils and grease on her skin and in her hair, and it killed any lice or fleas she might have picked up.

    The Mammoth Hunters

  • Contributing to the stink was food in various stages of preservation or decay, cooked, uncooked, and rotten; burning oils, often rancid since fresh congealed lumps of fat were usually added to old oil in the lamps; baskets used for defecation, not always dumped immediately; containers of urine saved and left standing to become ammoniacal by the decomposition of urea through bacteria; and people.

    The Mammoth Hunters


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