dumdum bullet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dumdum bullet a soft-nosed small-arms bullet that expands when it hits a target and causes a gaping wound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dumdum bullet (Mil) A kind of man-stopping bullet, designed to fragment inside the body and thus inflict a severed and painful wound; -- so named from Dumdum, in India, where bullets are manufactured for the Indian army.
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Usage

In literature:

French soldiers have never used dumdum bullets.
"New York Times Current History: The European War from the Beginning to March 1915, Vol 1, No. 2" by Various
In their bodies we find dumdum bullets, and we hear tales which confirm those of the refugees.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
The department has received no other complaints of alleged sales of dumdum bullets by American citizens to belligerent Governments.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
I sat next to a young man who had been talking learnedly of dumdum bullets and Parisian restaurants.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
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