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lyddite

[lid-ahyt] /ˈlɪd aɪt/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a high explosive consisting chiefly of picric acid.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; named after Lydd, borough in SE England near the site where it was first tested; see -ite1
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lyddite

/ˈlɪdaɪt/
noun
1.
an explosive consisting chiefly of fused picric acid
2.
a dense black variety of chert, formerly used as a touchstone
Word Origin
C19: (sense 1) named after Lydd, a town in Kent near which the first tests were made
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