Meaning of cyanide

cy•a•nide

Pronunciation: (sī'u-nīd", -nid), [key]
— n., v., -nid•ed, -nid•ing.
—n.
    1. a salt of hydrocyanic acid, as potassium cyanide, KCN.
    2. a nitrile, as methyl cyanide, C2H3N.
—v.t.
  1. to treat with a cyanide, as an ore in order to extract gold.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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