nitre

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nitre or (US) niter (ˈnaɪtə)
 
n
potassium nitrate another name for sodium nitrate
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin nitrum, from Greek nitronnatron]
 
niter or (US) niter
 
n
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin nitrum, from Greek nitronnatron]

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Nitre definition


(Prov. 25:20; R.V. marg., "soda"), properly "natron," a substance so called because, rising from the bottom of the Lake Natron in Egypt, it becomes dry and hard in the sun, and is the soda which effervesces when vinegar is poured on it. It is a carbonate of soda, not saltpetre, which the word generally denotes (Jer. 2:22; R.V. "lye").

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