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Definition of Arsenic

  ARSENIC   noun
A kind of cosmetic greatly affected by the ladies, whom it greatly affects in turn.
  'Eat arsenic?  Yes, all you get,'
      Consenting, he did speak up;
  ''Tis better you should eat it, pet,
      Than put it in my teacup.'

Joel Huck

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?. ?n.??:sn?k n. & adj. --n. 1 a non-scientific name for arsenic trioxide, a highly poisonous white powdery substance used in weed-killers, rat poison, etc. 2 Chem. a brittle semi-metallic element, used in semiconductors and alloys. ░Symb.: As. --adj. 1 of or concerning arsenic. 2 Chem. containing arsenic with a valency of five. °red arsenic = REALGAR. white arsenic = sense 1. °°arsenious adj. [ME f. OF f. L arsenicum f. Gk arsenikon yellow orpiment, identified with arsenikos male, but in fact f. Arab. al-zarnik f. al the + zarnik orpiment f. Pers. f. zar gold]

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