fulminate of mercury


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  • noun

Synonyms for fulminate of mercury

a fulminate that when dry explodes violently if struck or heated

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It wasn't until the fulminate of mercury was made into a solid pellet and put into a convenient metal container--the percussion cap--around 1820 that the percussion system of ignition took off.
By means of a wheel or finger, individual dots of fulminate of mercury were automatically placed in position over the percussion nipple when the gun was cocked.