black powder

black powder
an explosive powder consisting of saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal, used chiefly in old guns fired for sport, in fireworks, and for spotting charges in practice bombs; black gunpowder.

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      first type of explosive mixture invented for use in firearms and for blasting (see gunpowder).

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