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saltpeter

saltpeter

[sawlt-pee-ter]
saltpeter or saltpetre: see potassium nitrate.
Saltpeter or saltpetre may refer to:

  • Potassium nitrate, the critical oxidizing component of gun powder
  • Sodium nitrate ("Chile saltpetre"), an ingredient in fertilizers, explosives and solid rocket propellants
  • The Saltpeter War (1879-1884) between Chile, Peru and Bolivia

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