What is another word for saltpeter?

Pronunciation: [sˈɒltpɛtə] (IPA)

Saltpeter, also known as potassium nitrate, is a naturally occurring mineral that is commonly found in soils, caves, and other environments. It is used for a variety of purposes including as a fertilizer, food preservative, and in the manufacture of gunpowder and fireworks. However, there are several synonyms for this chemical compound including nitre, niter, and salitre. These terms are generally interchangeable, and they all refer to the same substance. While saltpeter may not be a commonly used word in everyday conversation, it is important to be aware of its synonyms and its many uses in different industries.

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Usage examples for Saltpeter

Into the puncture I inserted a fuse of rolled brown paper which had been soaked in a solution of saltpeter.
"Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer"
W. C. Scully
In cases of rheumatism, one-half ounce of saltpeter may be added.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle"
U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
If the animal manifests a feverish condition of the system, give half an ounce of saltpeter twice a day, continuing it several days or a week.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle"
U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler

Famous quotes with Saltpeter

  • In one of the most brilliant papers in the English language Hume made it clear that what we speak of as 'causality' is nothing more than the phenomenon of repetition. When we mix sulphur with saltpeter and charcoal we get gunpowder. This is true of every event subsumed by a causal law — in other words, everything which can be called scientific knowledge. "It is custom which rules," Hume said, and in that one sentence undermined both science and philosophy.
    Philip K. Dick

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