- of or relating to the Salian Franks.
Origin of Salic
Examples from the Web for salic
It was no longer a question of Salic law—a dispute whether a woman could reign.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
The texts of the Salic law give us incontrovertible evidence.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
By the Salic law no woman or descendant of a woman could occupy the throne.What Is Man? And Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But the common and vulgar fool says: Must observe the Salic law.
This shows how the Salic law was not kept, except as to the crown.
- (of rocks and minerals) having a high content of silica and alumina
- of or relating to the Salian Franks or the Salic law
Word Origin and History for salic
"based on or contained in the law code of the Salian Franks," 1540s, from French Salique, from Medieval Latin Salicus, from the Salian Franks, a tribe that once lived near the Zuider Zee, the ancestors of the Merovingian kings, literally "those living near the river Sala" (modern Ijssel).
Salic Law, code of law of Germanic tribes, was invoked 1316 by Philip V of France to exclude a woman from succeeding to the throne of France (and later to combat the French claims of Edward III of England), but the precise meaning of the passage is unclear.