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gunpowder

[guhn-pou-der] /ˈgʌnˌpaʊ dər/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see gun1, powder1
Related forms
gunpowdery, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gunpowder-tea

gunpowder

/ˈɡʌnˌpaʊdə/
noun
1.
an explosive mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulphur (typical proportions are 75:15:10): used in time fuses, blasting, and fireworks Also called black powder
Derived Forms
gunpowdery, adjective
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Word Origin and History for gunpowder-tea

gunpowder

n.

early 15c., from gun (n.) + powder (n.). 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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