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gunpowder

[guhn-pou-der]
noun
1.
an explosive mixture, as of potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal, used in shells and cartridges, in fireworks, for blasting, etc.
2.
Also called gunpowder tea. a fine variety of green China tea, each leaf of which is rolled into a little ball.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English; see gun1, powder1

gunpowdery, adjective
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gunpowder (ˈɡʌnˌpaʊdə)
 
n
Also called: black powder an explosive mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulphur (typical proportions are 75:15:10): used in time fuses, blasting, and fireworks
 
'gunpowdery
 
adj

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gunpowder
1411, from gun + powder. The Gunpowder Plot was the conspiracy to blow up the Houses of Parliament on Nov. 5, 1605, while the King, Lords and Commons were assembled there.
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