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alkali flat

a level area, as a dry lake bed, in which evaporation has concentrated alkali minerals, as sodium sulfates and carbonates.
Compare salt flat.
Origin of alkali flat
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The rear of the saloon was partitioned off into a "Ladies' Room," whose door opened on the alkali flat behind.

  • Trail dust sure does make a man's throat dryer'n an alkali flat!

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Each "drive" brought together on some alkali flat thousands of the restless, milling, bawling cattle.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • Ride down the barranca two hundred yards and you'll come to an alkali flat.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for alkali flat

alkali flat

an arid plain encrusted with alkaline salts derived from the streams draining into it
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