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Zyklon

noun

hydrogen cyanide used as a poisonous gas, esp. in Nazi concentration camps

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Zyklon

n.

1926, from German Zyklon, commercial name of a type of hydrogen cyanide, of unknown etymology, but it is the usual German form of the word cyclone. Originally used as a pesticide and fumigant.

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