mustard gas

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Calque of German Senfgas.

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mustard gas (countable and uncountable, plural mustard gases)

  1. A vesicant gas, bis (2-chloroethyl) sulfide, (ClC2H4)2S, once used in chemical warfare.
    The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
    • 1939 June, “What the Railways are Doing: London Transport Air Raid Precautions”, in Railway Magazine, page 462:
      The necessarily elaborate precautions taken to decontaminate vehicles and trains which have been in contact with mustard gas were shown, and examples of the board's breakdown and ambulance vehicles were available for inspection.

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