Origin of niter
Examples from the Web for nitre
An excellent diet drink may be made of toast and water, with the addition of a little vinegar, or a few grains of nitre.
What proportion of nitre does the saltpetre of the nitrate caves afford?
What reagents are used to discover the presence of foreign substances in nitre?
What are the nitre caves of the western country, and how is nitre extracted from the earth?
Nitre, or "nitrate," is a native nitrate of potash, or nitrate of soda.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
- the usual US spelling of nitre
Word Origin and History for nitre
c.1400, "native sodium carbonate," from Old French nitre (13c.), from Latin nitrum, from Greek nitron, which is possibly of Eastern origin (cf. Hebrew nether "carbonate of soda;" Egyptian ntr). Originally a word for native soda, but also associated from Middle Ages with saltpeter (potassium nitrate) for obscure reasons; this became the predominant sense by late 16c.
- A naturally occurring mineral form of potassium nitrate. It is used to make gunpowder.