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Chile saltpeter

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noun \ˈchi-lē-, ˈchē-(ˌ)lā-\

Definition of Chile saltpeter

  1. :  sodium nitrate especially occurring naturally (as in caliche)



Origin of chile saltpeter

Chile, South America


First Known Use: 1869


Medical Dictionary

Chile saltpeter

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noun \ˈchil-ē-\

Medical Definition of Chile saltpeter

  1. :  sodium nitrate especially occurring naturally (as in caliche)—called also Chile niter




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