- an explosive mixture, as of potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal, used in shells and cartridges, in fireworks, for blasting, etc.
- Also called gunpowder tea. a fine variety of green China tea, each leaf of which is rolled into a little ball.
Origin of gunpowder
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- a fine variety of green tea, each leaf of which is rolled into a pellet
- an explosive mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulphur (typical proportions are 75:15:10): used in time fuses, blasting, and fireworksAlso called: black powder
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Word Origin and History for gunpowder tea
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