saltpeter

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noun salt·pe·ter \ˈsȯlt-ˈpē-tər\

Origin and Etymology 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 Defined for English Language Learners

saltpeter

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noun salt·pe·ter \ˈsȯlt-ˈpē-tər\

Definition of saltpeter for English Language Learners

  • : 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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saltpeter

noun salt·pe·ter

Medical Definition of saltpeter

Variants of saltpeter

or chiefly British

saltpetre

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