Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or containing cyanogen.
  • adjective Of a blue or bluish hue.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as cyanotic.
  • . Blue: in botany, applied to a series of colors in flowers, including all shades of blue, and passing through violet and purple to red.
  • . Pertaining to or containing cyanogen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or containing, cyanogen.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to a blue color.
  • adjective (Chem.) an acid, HOCN, derived from cyanogen, well known in its salts, but never isolated in the free state.
  • adjective (Bot.) those colors (of flowers) having some tinge of blue; -- opposed to xanthic colors. A color of either series may pass into red or white, but not into the opposing color. Red and pure white are more common among flowers of cyanic tendency than in those of the other class.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective chemistry Of cyanogen or its derivatives.
  • adjective Azure blue.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From cyan +‎ -ic.

Examples

  • The friendship between Wöhler and Liebig began in 1825 after they amicably resolved a dispute over two substances that had apparently the same composition — cyanic acid and fulminic acid — but very different characteristics: the silver compound of fulminic acid, investigated by Liebig, was explosive, whereas silver cyanate, as Wöhler found, was not.

    Wöhler, Friedrich

  • Next, I exposed the photo to Beck's cyanic wavelength procedure, and found what seemed to be images of a nipple and the Three Stooges.

    Archive 2009-03-22

  • The feat of imitating nature in the laboratory was a truly exciting experience — as Wöhler expressed it in his often-quoted letter to Berzelius: "I can no longer, so to speak, hold my chemical water and must tell you that I can make urea without needing a kidney, whether of man or dog; the ammonium salt of cyanic acid is urea."

    Wöhler, Friedrich

  • The friendship between Liebig and Wöhler began in 1825 after they amicably resolved a dispute over two substances that had apparently the same composition — cyanic acid and fulminic acid — but very different characteristics: the silver compound of fulminic acid, investigated by Liebig, was explosive, whereas silver cyanate, as Wöhler found, was not.

    Von Liebig, Justus

  • She was having heart trouble last week, and held up her cyanic hands, saying "How do you think Elizabeth would describe this color?"

    The new joy of my death benefits (Cha-CHING!!)

  • Wöhler's in many ways successful studies of cyanic acid gave the same analysis results for this compound as Liebig had found in his analysis of fulminic acid (which at the time made him a world-famous chemist at the age of barely twenty).

    Wilhelm Ostwald - Nobel Lecture

  • Poisons of the strychnia and hydro-cyanic acid classes

    The Opium Habit

  • This may be accomplished by the use of toning baths of ferridcyanide or ferrocyanide, or other metal cyanogen salts, etc., or by either mixing the salts of other metals, as copper or iron, with the cyanic toning baths, or using them in the original solution, or by soaking the paper in them, as in

    Photographic Reproduction Processes

  • The doctor looked grave when Mr. Skeats told him the boys had been breathing hydro-cyanic acid gas.

    That Scholarship Boy

  • Liebig, the results of a research on cyanic and cyanuric acid and on urea.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 362, December 9, 1882

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