ni·​ter ˈnī-tər How to pronounce niter (audio)

Examples of niter in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English nitre natron, from Middle French, from Latin nitrum, from Greek nitron, from Egyptian nṯry

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of niter was in 1577

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“Niter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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ni·​ter ˈnīt-ər How to pronounce niter (audio)

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British nitre

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