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saltpeter

noun salt·pe·ter \ˈslt-ˈpē-tər\

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

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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

Medical Definition of SALTPETER

Variants of SALTPETER

salt·pe·ter or chiefly British salt·pe·tre \ˈslt-ˈpēt-ər\

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