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.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Lydd, a municipal borough of southeast England.

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From Lydd where it was developed and tested.


  • 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.

    Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War

  • 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 Siege of Kimberley

  • 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.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • 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.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Some of these columns of water were of a poisonous yellow-green tinge … these would be lyddite shells.

    Castles of Steel

  • He stopped for the words came slowly, slurred a little from a brain dulled by the lyddite and the hammering of big guns.

    The Sound of Thunder

  • He was sick from the lyddite, and tired-tired to the depths of his soul.

    The Sound of Thunder

  • The evil blossoms of greenish-yellow lyddite fumes bloomed quickly in the sunlight, then drifted oily thick on the wind.

    The Sound of Thunder

  • Poisoned by the lyddite fumes, he fought his nausea and when he had controlled it he looked out along the river.

    The Sound of Thunder

  • 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.

    The Sound of Thunder


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