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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An explosive mixture of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulfur, formerly used in firearms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A simple form of gunpowder, consisting of a mixture of saltpetre, charcoal, and sulfur


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  • BROOKS: And as Eddy said, also any kind of powder, black powder, this kind of thing, unless you go through one of the puffer machines where it can detect explosive residue on your clothes, they're not going to detect that either.

    CNN Transcript Dec 25, 2009

  • Lots of newcomers to flintlock hunting learned, however, that hunting deer in rain, snow and cold with black powder, after deer had already been chased for months with bows and modern rifles, was no romantic walk into history. - News


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