potassium cyanide

noun

Definition of potassium cyanide

: a very poisonous crystalline salt KCN used especially in gold and silver extraction from ore

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Their specialty was untraceable poisons delivered by ingenious weapons—such as a cigarette packet made in 1954 that could fire bullets filled with potassium cyanide. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Poison and Politics," 6 Sep. 2018 There’s also a more insidious concern: Those tablets Komang handed out are potassium cyanide. National Geographic, "‘Holy Grail' Test for Illegal Cyanide-Caught Aquarium Fish May Be Fatally Flawed," 5 June 2018 Upper Gwynedd Township Police had received a tip from another chemist at Merck & Co, a pharmaceutical company, that potassium cyanide had been stolen from a laboratory, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Chemist stole cyanide to kill rodents, DA says. It nearly ended up in the water supply.," 13 Feb. 2018 Topsy was fed carrots laced with potassium cyanide, and her feet were placed in conductive copper sandals so she could be electrocuted. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Topsy the Elephant Was a Victim of Her Captors, Not Thomas Edison," 4 Jan. 2017

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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potassium cyanide

noun

Medical Definition of potassium cyanide

: a very poisonous crystalline salt KCN

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