nitre

[ nahy-ter ]
/ ˈnaɪ tər /

noun Chiefly British.

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Definition for nitre (2 of 2)

niter
[ nahy-ter ]
/ ˈnaɪ tər /

noun

Also especially British, ni·tre.

Origin of niter

1375–1425; late Middle English nitre < Latin nitrum < Greek nítron natron
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British Dictionary definitions for nitre (1 of 2)

nitre

US niter

/ (ˈnaɪtə) /

noun

Word Origin for nitre

C14: via Old French from Latin nitrum, from Greek nitron natron

British Dictionary definitions for nitre (2 of 2)

niter
/ (ˈnaɪtə) /

noun

the usual US spelling of nitre
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Scientific definitions for nitre

niter
[ nītər ]

A naturally occurring mineral form of potassium nitrate. It is used to make gunpowder.
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