calcium carbide: Meaning and Definition of

cal'cium car'bide

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  1. a grayish-black, lumpy, crystalline powder, CaC, usually derived from coke or anthracite by reaction with limestone or quicklime: used chiefly for the generation of acetylene, which it yields upon decomposing in water. Also called
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