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nitre

noun

uncountable
  • (British English) niter
    Example sentences
    • The German U-boats were shooting on the boats, so most of the niter they were trying to import to make nitroglycerin was at the bottom of the ocean.
    • Various reflecting surfaces were used: polished metallic rocks such as obsidian, pyrite, and iron; rock crystal; and an alloy of rose copper and tin, plus an alchemical brew consisting of white arsenic, red tartar, and nitre.
    • Nitre, or niter, is also used to manufacture gunpowder.

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