noun[mass noun] Chemistry
A bitter yellow compound obtained by nitrating phenol, used as a dye and in the manufacture of explosives.
More example sentences
- Nitrogen is an important component of common chemical explosives like TNT, nitroglycerin, gunpowder, guncotton, nitrocellulose, picric acid, and ammonium nitrate.
- In addition, some of the chemicals could be hazardous: picric acid was explosive, and the arsenic compounds could be toxic to the wearer.
- Marks recounts how some painted their legs and arms vivid yellow with picric acid to protect against sunburn.
Definition of picric acid in:
- The US English dictionary