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dum·dum

 (dŭm′dŭm′)
n.
A hollow-point small-arms bullet designed to expand upon impact, inflicting a gaping wound.

[After Dum Dum, a town of northeast India.]

dumdum

(ˈdʌmˌdʌm)
n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a soft-nosed or hollow-nosed small-arms bullet that expands on impact and inflicts extensive laceration. Also called: dumdum bullet
[C19: named after Dum-Dum, town near Kolkata (Calcutta) where these bullets were made]

dum-dum

or dum•dum

(ˈdʌmˌdʌm)
n., Slang.
a stupid person.
[appar. reduplication and resp. of dumb]

dum•dum

(ˈdʌmˌdʌm)

n.
a hollow-nosed or soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, inflicting a severe wound.
[1895–1900; after Dum-Dum, suburb of Calcutta, India, where the bullets were made]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dumdum - a soft-nosed small-arms bullet that expands when it hits a target and causes a gaping wound
bullet, slug - a projectile that is fired from a gun
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dumdum (bullet)

nDumdum(geschoss) nt
References in classic literature ?
I recollect, sir, there was a girl at Dumdum, a daughter of Cutler of the Artillery, and afterwards married to Lance, the surgeon, who made a dead set at me in the year '4--at me and Mulligatawney, whom I mentioned to you before dinner--a devilish good fellow Mulligatawney--he's a magistrate at Budgebudge, and sure to be in council in five years.
But the jury took just over an hour to reject his protestations of innocence and unanimously convict him of possessing prohibited ammunition -the dumdums -possessing three further bullets without a firearms certificate and having various types of ammunition on him without lawful authority or reasonable excuse during the flight.
Mr Aina said: "You are not allowed to have dumdums under any circumstances, unless you have the permission of the Secretary of State.