sodium cyanide

noun

Definition of sodium cyanide

: a white deliquescent poisonous salt NaCN used especially in electroplating, in fumigating, and in treating steel

Examples of sodium cyanide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When animals bite down, the traps release sodium cyanide into their mouths, killing them. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Trump Administration Authorizes 'Cyanide Bombs' to Kill Predators Again, Months After Backlash," 5 Dec. 2019 This issue warrants further analysis and additional discussions by EPA with the registrants of [sodium cyanide]. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Trump Administration Authorizes 'Cyanide Bombs' to Kill Predators Again, Months After Backlash," 5 Dec. 2019 The traps, also known as M-44s, are planted in the wild and designed to lure in predators with bait then release a deadly dose of sodium cyanide. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Trump Administration Authorizes 'Cyanide Bombs' to Kill Predators Again, Months After Backlash," 5 Dec. 2019 The federal agency on Tuesday announced an interim decision involving sodium cyanide that’s used in M-44s, devices embedded in the ground that look like lawn sprinklers but spray cyanide when triggered by animals attracted by bait. Washington Post, "US gives initial OK to predator-killing sodium cyanide," 7 Aug. 2019 According to a recent interim decision, EPA officials approved the use of M-44 devices, which trap wildlife with bait before releasing sodium cyanide into their mouths, killing them. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Trump administration reauthorizes use of "cyanide bombs" to kill wild animals," 8 Aug. 2019 In August 2017, the WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit that asked the EPA to ban the use of sodium cyanide, generating a review of the program. Mariel Padilla, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration reauthorizes use of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals," 10 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors say the conspiracy involved the theft of trade secrets related to sodium cyanide, a chemical most often used to mine gold, silver, and other precious metals. Fox News, "Chemours ex-worker pleads guilty in China trade secrets case," 12 June 2018 Chemours is the world's largest producer of sodium cyanide. Fox News, "Chemours ex-worker pleads guilty in China trade secrets case," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of sodium cyanide

1885, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2020

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“Sodium cyanide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20cyanide. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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