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saltpetre

noun [U] UK (US saltpeter) uk   /ˌsɒltˈpiː.tər/  us   /ˈsɑːltˌpiː.t̬ɚ/
a salty-tasting white powder used to preserve meat, and also used in producing explosives and fertilizers (= substances that help plants grow)
Translations of “saltpetre”
in Chinese (Traditional) 硝石,鉀硝,硝酸鉀…
in Chinese (Simplified) 硝石,钾硝,硝酸钾…
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