fulminate of mercury

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fulminate of mercury

n.
A gray crystalline powder, Hg(CNO)2, that when dry explodes under percussion or heat and is used in detonators and as a high explosive. Also called mercury fulminate.
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Noun1.fulminate of mercury - a fulminate that when dry explodes violently if struck or heated; used in detonators and blasting caps and percussion caps
blasting cap - a small tube filled with detonating substances; used to detonate high explosives
percussion cap - a detonator that explodes when struck
fulminate - a salt or ester of fulminic acid
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