dumdum bullet


1 [duhm-duhm]
a hollow-nosed or soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, inflicting a severe wound.
Also called dumdum bullet.

1895–1900; named after Dum-Dum, town in India where the bullets were made

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dumdum (ˈdʌmˌdʌm)
Also called: dumdum bullet a soft-nosed or hollow-nosed small-arms bullet that expands on impact and inflicts extensive laceration
[C19: named after Dum-Dum, town near Kolkata (Calcutta) where these bullets were made]

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dumdum bullet
1897, named for Dum-Dum arsenal in Bengal, where the British made them to use against fanatical charges by tribesmen. Outlawed by international declaration, 1899. The place name is lit. "hill, mound, battery," cognate with Pers. damdama.
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