Chile saltpeter
Niter Ni"ter, Nitre Ni"tre, n. [F. nitre, L. nitrum native soda, natron, Gr. ?; cf. Ar. nit[=u]n, natr[=u]n natron. Cf. {Natron}.] 1. (Chem.) A white crystalline semitransparent salt; potassium nitrate; saltpeter. See {Saltpeter}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) Native sodium carbonate; natron. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

For though thou wash thee with niter, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me. --Jer. ii. 22. [1913 Webster]

{Cubic niter}, a deliquescent salt, sodium nitrate, found as a native incrustation, like niter, in Peru and Chile, whence it is known also as {Chile saltpeter}.

{Niter bush} (Bot.), a genus ({Nitraria}) of thorny shrubs bearing edible berries, and growing in the saline plains of Asia and Northern Africa. [1913 Webster]


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  • Chile saltpeter — n. sodium nitrate, esp. as found naturally in Chile and Peru * * * …   Universalium

  • Chile saltpeter — chil ē n sodium nitrate esp. occurring naturally (as in caliche) called also Chile niter …   Medical dictionary

  • Chile saltpeter — n. sodium nitrate, esp. as found naturally in Chile and Peru …   English World dictionary

  • Chile saltpeter — noun Etymology: Chile, South America Date: 1869 sodium nitrate especially occurring naturally (as in caliche) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chile saltpeter — noun also chile niter Usage: usually capitalized C : sodium nitrate especially occurring naturally (as in caliche) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chile saltpeter. — Mineral. See soda niter. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • Chile saltpeter — Chil′e salt′peter n. mir a white or transparent mineral, sodium nitrate, NaNO3, found as crusts and masses on surfaces, and used chiefly as a fertilizer • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • Chile saltpeter. — Mineral. See soda niter. [1870 75] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chile saltpeter, US — natrio nitratas statusas T sritis chemija formulė NaNO₃ atitikmenys: angl. Chile niter; Chile nitrate; Chile nitre; Chile saltpeter, US; Chile saltpetre, GB; natric saltpeter, US; natric saltpetre, GB; soda nitre; sodium nitrate rus. натрий… …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • saltpeter — [sôlt′pēt΄ər, sôlt΄pēt′ər] n. [altered (infl. by SALT) < ME salpetre < MFr < ML sal petrae, salt of rock < L sal, SALT + petra, rock] POTASSIUM NITRATE: see CHILE SALTPETER: Brit. sp. Brit. saltpetre …   English World dictionary

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