lyddite

lyddite

[lid-ahyt]
noun Chemistry.
a high explosive consisting chiefly of picric acid.

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

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