[ UK /sˈɒltpɛtɐ/ ]
  1. (KNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive
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  • Other important products of the earth are saltpetre, which is found in the Elburz, and in Azerbijan; sulphur, which abounds in the same regions, and likewise on the high plateau; alum, which is quarried near The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 3. (of 7): Media The History, Geography, And Antiquities Of Chaldaea, Assyria, Babylon, Media, Persia, Parthia, And Sassanian or New Persian Empire; With Maps and Illustrations.
  • For mammals I recommend my formula of burnt alum and saltpetre (No. 9), followed by a wash of benzoline or turpentine twice a year, or by any one of the mercurial preparations given. Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling a
  • We're using a Wiltshire wet cure, consisting of beer, salt, black treacle, black peppercorns, juniper berries and saltpetre (according to HFW's recipe).
  • And I wonder much at a rabble of foolish philosophers and physicians, who spend their time in disputing whence the heat of the said waters cometh, whether it be by reason of borax, or sulphur, or alum, or saltpetre, that is within the mine. Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel
  • However, the use of this explosive mixture of saltpetre, charcoal, and sulphur as a propellant for bullets from firearms, and thus gun powder, is a western development and one which took place gradually from the 13th century.
  • 'No saltpetre ," I said to break the tension and we all chuckled and he went out. SNOWJOB
  • Government officials had the power to scrape up dried urine from beneath the boarded floors of the stables because it contained saltpetre, a vital ingredient of gunpowder.
  • The whole of the Loehf, or limits of the Ledja, is productive of saltpetre, which is sold at Damascus and Acre; I saw it sold near the lake of Tiberias for double the price which it costs in the Loehf. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land
  • Glauber created a mixture of saltpeter, lime, phosphoric acid, nitrogen and potash which was the first completely mineral fertilizer.
  • Now, since saltpetre is among the most important of these substances, particularly in those countries which possess neither large mineral coal deposits nor cheap hydro-electric power, the artificial production of ammonia and nitric acid has reached an unprecedented degree of importance. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1918 - Presentation Speech
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