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saltpeter

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noun salt·pe·ter \ˈsȯlt-ˈpē-tər\

Simple Definition of saltpeter

  • : a white powder that exists naturally in some soils and that is used especially as a fertilizer, in medicine, and to make gunpowder

Full Definition of saltpeter

Origin of saltpeter

Middle English salt petre, alteration of salpetre, from Medieval Latin sal petrae, literally, salt of the rock


First Known Use: 14th century

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saltpeter

noun salt·pe·ter

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or chiefly British salt·pe·tre \ˈsȯlt-ˈpēt-ər\play

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