sodium cyanide

noun

Definition of sodium cyanide 

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

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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 But after Leroy McGahuey was gassed to death by dropping pellets of sodium cyanide into a container of sulfuric acid below his metal chair, Oregon voters again chose to ban the death penalty. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning," 5 May 2018 The sodium cyanide quickly reacts with moisture in the animal’s mouth, releasing hydrogen cyanide gas. National Geographic, "Dog's Death Spotlights Use of Cyanide 'Bombs' to Kill Predators," 20 Apr. 2017 Chemours, spun off from the DuPont Co. in 2015, is the world’s largest producer of sodium cyanide. Washington Post, "Feds: Chemours worker tried to sell trade secrets to China," 12 Oct. 2017 An indictment unsealed this week accuses Jerry Jindong Xu of trying to steal trade secrets regarding sodium cyanide, a chemical used in mining. Washington Post, "Feds: Chemours worker tried to sell trade secrets to China," 12 Oct. 2017

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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