CYANOGEN, n. [Gr., blue, and to beget.] Carbureted azote, or carburet of nitrogen, the compound base of Prussic acid; otherwise called Prussine.
CY-AN'O-GEN, n. [Gr. κυανος, blue, and γενναω, to beget.]
A compound acidifying and basifying principle, composed of one equivalent of nitrogen and two of carbon.
- A colorless, inflammable, poisonous
gas, C2N2, with a peach-blossom odor, so
called from its tendency to form blue compounds; obtained
by heating ammonium oxalate, mercuric cyanide, etc. It is
obtained in combination, forming an alkaline cyanide when
nitrogen or a nitrogenous compound is strongly ignited with
carbon and soda or potash. It conducts itself like a member of
the halogen group of elements, and shows a tendency to form
complex compounds. The name is also applied to the univalent
radical, CN (the half molecule of cyanogen proper), which was one
of the first compound radicals recognized.