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mercury fulminate


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The mercury salt of fulminic acid (Hg(CNO)2), called also fulminate of mercury. It is an explosive compound prepared as gray crystals, and is used primarily in detonators for detonating high explosives, such as dynamite or TNT. It is sensitive to shock and may be detonated by a blow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fulminate that when dry explodes violently if struck or heated; used in detonators and blasting caps and percussion caps


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