prussic acid

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prus·​sic acid | \ ˈprə-sik- How to pronounce prussic acid (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web In 1892, prussic acid, a lethal poison, was only available with a doctor's prescription. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, ""Lizzie Borden took an axe" — or did she? What would a jury say today?," 28 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of prussic acid

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prussic acid

French prussique, from (bleu de) Prusse Prussian blue

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The first known use of prussic acid was in 1790

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“Prussic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prussic%20acid. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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prussic acid

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How to pronounce prussic acid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of prussic acid

: a very poisonous acid

prussic acid

noun
prus·​sic acid | \ ˌprəs-ik- How to pronounce prussic acid (audio) \

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