See also: gun powder
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌnˌpaʊdə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌnˌpaʊdɚ/
gunpowder (countable and uncountable, plural gunpowders)
- An explosive mixture of saltpetre (potassium nitrate), charcoal and sulphur; formerly used in gunnery but now mostly used in fireworks.
- Short for gunpowder tea.
- gunpowder chicken
- gunpowder empire
- Gunpowder Plot
- gunpowder tea
- Gunpowder Treason
Possibly due to its smell resembling gunpowder during the British Raj.
- (India, informal) Idli podi/milagai podi; ground-up dry spices mixed with oil and ghee and served alongside idli or dosa.
- 1989, Bombay: The City Magazine, page 26:
- Some restaurants try and give their dosas the "ethnic" touch by slipping along a small dish of mulaga podi-gunpowder mixed with oil as well, but that isn't always enough.
- 2020 May 27, Pooja Pillai, “The Back Burner: Homemade molagapodi is easier than you think”, in The Indian Express:
- In fact, I’ve long suspected that the popularity of gunpowder or molagapodi outside South India has little to do with the burst of flavours it serves.
- ^ Atul Kochhar (2008) Benares: Michelin Starred Cooking, page 29: “It got its name because it apparently smells similar to the gunpowder used in rifles during the Raj.”