Etymology
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nitric (adj.)

"of, pertaining to, or derived from nitre," 1794, originally in reference to acid obtained initially from distillation of saltpeter; see nitre + -ic. Perhaps immediately from French nitrique. The acid was known as aqua fortis, later acid spirit of nitre, then nitric acid (1787) under the system ordered by Lavoisier.

updated on June 26, 2019

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Definitions of nitric from WordNet

nitric (adj.)
of or containing nitrogen;
nitric acid
Synonyms: azotic / nitrous
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