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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It was powered solely by the fulminate of mercury in the cap with no powder as a propellant.
Ahead of the plunger (which I managed to remove) was a primer, probably something like fulminate of mercury.
The percussion method of igniting a charge of gunpowder with a small charge of fulminate of mercury is credited to Reverend Alexander Forsythe, who patented his scent-bottle lock in 1807.
Prior to the introduction by Remington of the non-corrosive primer, the primers loaded in center-fire ammunition contained fulminate of mercury, so immediately after shooting my Savage, I pushed water-dampened cotton patches through its bore to remove the residue.
The deadly fulminate of mercury used in making hats gave workers "the Danbury shakes," so-called because Danbury, Connecticut, was the largest hat manufacturing town in America in the nineteenth century.
The original caps used chlorate of potash with fulminate of mercury, but most modern primers use lead azide, potassium per-chlorate or lead styphnate.