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  1. potassium nitrate, saltpeter, saltpetre, niter, nitre(noun)

    (KNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive

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  1. saltpetre(Noun)

    Potassium nitrate.

  2. saltpetre(Noun)

    Sodium nitrate.

  3. Origin: From the Old French salpetre, from Late Latin sal petrae.

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  1. Saltpetre(noun)

    potassium nitrate; niter; a white crystalline substance, KNO3, having a cooling saline taste, obtained by leaching from certain soils in which it is produced by the process of nitrification (see Nitrification, 2). It is a strong oxidizer, is the chief constituent of gunpowder, and is also used as an antiseptic in curing meat, and in medicine as a diuretic, diaphoretic, and refrigerant

  2. Origin: [F. salptre, NL. sal petrae, literally, rock salt, or stone salt; so called because it exudes from rocks or walls. See Salt, and Petrify.]

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  1. Saltpetre

    Saltpetre is an unincorporated community located in Wayne County, West Virginia.

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