Also especially British, ni·tre.
Origin of niter
1375–1425; late Middle English nitre < Latin nitrum < Greek nítron natron
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Examples from the Web for niter
Probably extract their niter from the dung of their horses and cows.The Return
H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
In Death Valley thirty thousand acres of borax, niter, soda, and salt deposits have been located.The Mystic Mid-Region
Arthur J. Burdick
We therefore conclude, that either the niter or the small excess of potassium bromide, or both together, produce the change.
To burn well the paper should first be impregnated with an aqueous solution of niter and dried.
Usually the niter will relieve the constipation; yet if it should prove obstinate, laxatives may be carefully given.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
- the usual US spelling of nitre
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Word Origin and History for niter
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A naturally occurring mineral form of potassium nitrate. It is used to make gunpowder.
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