Chile saltpeter


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Chile saltpeter:

see sodium nitratesodium nitrate,
chemical compound, NaNO3, a colorless, odorless crystalline compound that closely resembles potassium nitrate (saltpeter or niter) in appearance and chemical properties. It is soluble in water, alcohol, and liquid ammonia.
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Chile saltpeter

[¦chil·ē ‚sȯlt′pēd·ər]
(mineralogy)
Also known as Chile niter.
Soda niter found in large quantities in caliche in arid regions of northern Chile.
Deposits of sodium nitrate.
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