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  • adj. Designating a type of bitter yellow acid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or designating, a strong organic acid (called picric acid), intensely bitter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as carbazotic.


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From French picrique, from Ancient Greek πικρός (pikros, "bitter").


  • The FBI says phenol has common legitimate uses but can be used to make trinitrophenol, an explosive also known as picric acid.

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  • The FBI received a report on 1 February from a chemical supplier about an attempt by Aldawsari to buy concentrated phenol, which has legitimate uses but can also can be used to make the explosive trinitrophenol, known as picric acid.

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  • 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

  • In NYC the Mont Blanc was loaded with (amongst other things) benzol, 544,000 kilograms of highly explosive picric acid, and 226,797 kilograms of TNT.

    The Week of Death - Day 4

  • Scheele then poured sulfuric acid into one end and into the other end chlorate of potash or picric acid or some other flammable chemical.

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  • The explosive power of this substance is inferior to that of gun-cotton or of dynamite, but far greater than that of ordinary gunpowder; one grain of picric powder producing an effect equal to that of thirteen grains of common powder.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • “The effect was agonizing — picric acid only aggravated the burns — and the patients tore off the bandages.”

    Castles of Steel

  • [Lyddite is an explosive made largely of picric acid, which is yellow.]

    Castles of Steel

  • In Warspite, the chief surgeon ordered burns to be dressed with pre-prepared picric acid gauze.

    Castles of Steel

  • One should strive to make sure these explosives are free from sulfur, sulfides, and picric acid.

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