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Kyanise

(3 syl.) To apply corrosive sublimate to timber in order to prevent the dry-rot; so called from Dr. Kyan, who invented the process in 1832. (See Paynising.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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  • Kyanise - Kyanise (3 syl.) To apply corrosive sublimate to timber in order to prevent the dry-rot; so called ...
  • Paynising - Paynising A process of preserving and hardening wood invented by Mr. Payne. (See Kyanise.) Source: ...
  • Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: K - Definitions, origins, and illustrative excerpts for words, phases, and literary allusions starting with "K"

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