What does the word saltpetre mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Niter.

Usage examples for saltpetre

  1. At the end of five days, they are again rubbed, as hard as they were at first, with salt of the same sort, mixed with an ounce of saltpetre to a ham. – The American Reformed Cattle Doctor by George Dadd
  2. At the foot of the village the ground was white with saltpetre, which resembled a covering of new- fallen snow. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  3. She looked westward, across the river to the ugly village with the dried palm- leaves on its roofs, and far away to the white- domed city, the dimpling oases and the mountainous dunes that towered against a flaming sky; then eastward, towards the two vast desert lakes, or chotts, one of blue water, the other of saltpetre, which looked bluer than water, and had pale edges that met the sand like snow on gold. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson