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cyano- +‎ -ide


  • IPA(key): /ˈsaɪənaɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪd


cyanide (countable and uncountable, plural cyanides)

  1. (chemistry, countable) Any compound containing the -C≡N group or the CN anion.
  2. (uncountable) Sodium or potassium cyanide, used in the extraction of gold and silver or as a poison.
    • Jul 1988, Michael A. Silva, “Cyanide Heap Leaching in California”, in California Geology[1], volume 41, number 7, page 147:
      Two doctors and a metallurgist from Scotland patented a process for dissolving gold with cyanide in 1887 and patented the recovery of gold from solution using finely divided zinc (zinc precipitation) the following year. […]
      The first commercial processing plant to use cyanide in the milling circuit was constructed at the Crown mine at Karangahake, New Zealand in 1889.
    • 2000, Sean Dolan, Everything You Need to Know About Cults[2], New York: The Rosen Publishing Groups, Inc., →ISBN, page 15:
      The vast majority of the victims, on Jones’s orders, had drunk a fruit punch mixture laced with cyanide, a deadly poison. Adults had fed the poisoned liquid to the children, including infants.
  3. (uncountable) Hydrogen cyanide, or cyanide gas, a poisonous gas.

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cyanide (third-person singular simple present cyanides, present participle cyaniding, simple past and past participle cyanided)

  1. (transitive) To treat or poison with cyanide.

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Borrowed. Equivalent to cyaan +‎ -ide. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.


  • IPA(key): /ˌsi.aːˈni.də/
  • Hyphenation: cy‧a‧ni‧de
  • Rhymes: -i.də


cyanide n (uncountable)

  1. cyanide (C≡N-based compound)