Synonyms for saltpeter

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They found a place where saltpeter was very thinly and erratically distributed.

Drain off the liquid the next day and add a pound of saltpeter to it.

In 1792, it was the Venetian Embassy, under the Terreur a saltpeter factory.

Dissolve the saltpeter in the vitriol and add it to the water.

Corned and smoked meats are usually preserved with saltpeter.

In pickling the hams they are first vigorously rubbed with saltpeter and then with salt.

In cases of rheumatism, one-half ounce of saltpeter may be added.

Procure us some iron for the barrels, steel for the hammers, saltpeter.

He says that it would be advisable to go to Patan and Sian for saltpeter and lead.

Rub fish with salt, brown sugar and saltpeter as above directed.

WORD ORIGIN

"potassium nitrate," c.1500, earlier salpetre (early 14c.), from Old French salpetre, from Medieval Latin sal petrae "salt of rock," from Latin sal "salt" (see salt (n.)) + petra "rock, stone" (see petrous). So called because it looks like salt encrusted on rock.

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preservative

nounchemical compound
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