niter

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From Middle English niter, nitere, nitre, nytre, from Old French nitre, from Latin nitrum (native soda, natron), from Ancient Greek νίτρον (nítron). Ultimately from Egyptian nṯrj (natron). Doublet of natron. Compare also natrium, nitrogen.

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niter (countable and uncountable, plural niters)

  1. (obsolete) Native sodium carbonate; natron.
  2. (US, inorganic chemistry) A mineral form of potassium nitrate (saltpetre) used in making gunpowder.

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niter n

  1. genitive plural of nitro