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  1. a city in W California.


  1. a saline marsh, spring, or the like.
  2. a saltworks.

Origin of salina

1690–1700; < SpanishLatin salīnae saltworks


  1. a city in central Kansas.
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Examples from the Web for salinas

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • The Salinas Valley looked like a garden to them, and was indeed a promised land.

    Adrift in the Wilds

    Edward S. Ellis

  • From now on the march is an easy one down the Salinas valley to the sea.

    The March of Portol

    Zoeth S. Eldredge and E. J. Molera

  • On the 11th, they ascended the Salinas and began to retrace the route of their coming.

    The March of Portol

    Zoeth S. Eldredge and E. J. Molera

  • This was followed by Salinas, with one arrest for every 8.82 persons.

  • Then Salinas was reached once more, and now we were again on the road to 'Frisco.

British Dictionary definitions for salinas


  1. a salt marsh, lake, or spring

Word Origin

C17: from Spanish, from Medieval Latin: salt pit, from Late Latin salīnus saline
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salinas in Science


[sə-līnə, -lē-]
  1. An area of land encrusted with crystalline salt, especially a salt pan or a salt-encrusted playa.
  2. A body of water, such as a salt marsh, spring, pond, or lake, having a high saline content.
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