poison gas

noun

Definition of poison gas 

: a poisonous gas or a liquid or a solid giving off poisonous vapors designed (as in chemical warfare) to kill, injure, or disable by inhalation or contact

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The mission also is investigating allegations that poison gas was used in Douma, near the capital Damascus, in a deadly April 7 attack. Fox News, "Watchdog: Chlorine used in Syrian town of Saraqeb," 16 May 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency laboured to monitor Iraq’s nuclear-fuel cycle, but for other possible misbehaviour, including efforts to make poison gas or deadly germs, Mr Ekeus had to recruit his own team of experts. The Economist, "How Iraq was deprived of its weapons of mass destruction," 5 July 2018 July 10: Fruit pits from which to make prussic acid for poison gas are to be gathered in Alameda under the direction of Mrs. Arthur Hieronymus, wife of the city physician. Johnny Miller, SFChronicle.com, "Wayback Machine: 101 California Street shooting kills eight in 1993," 5 July 2018 Regime and Russian war crimes have killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, whose death by barrel bombs and poison gas can be viewed on YouTube. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "New Holocaust Museum exhibit reminds of how U.S. rejected desperate refugees before | Trudy Rubin," 3 July 2018 London and its allies are understood to want the OPCW to begin apportioning blame for chemical attacks, in a move toward ending impunity for the use of poison gas and nerve agents. Mike Corder, Fox News, "Britain rallies support for strengthening chemical watchdog," 1 June 2018 This slice of the Ypres Salient hosted three major battles, including the one where German forces first used poison gas against the Allies. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Prussic acid is a leading ingredient in the new poison gas, which is being used by both the Germans and the allies in shells. Johnny Miller, SFChronicle.com, "Wayback Machine: 101 California Street shooting kills eight in 1993," 5 July 2018 Some opposition activists in Douma posted photographs of people wearing gas masks saying that government forces are shelling the town with poison gas. Bassem Mroue, BostonGlobe.com, "Whether you seek adventure or relaxation, Mount Washington Valley has it all," 7 Apr. 2018

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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poison gas

noun

English Language Learners Definition of poison gas

: gas that can cause a person to die or to become very sick : poisonous gas

poison gas

noun

Medical Definition of poison gas 

: a poisonous gas or a liquid or a solid giving off poisonous vapors designed (as in chemical warfare) to kill, injure, or disable by inhalation or contact

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