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salt-box

or saltbox

[sawlt-boks] /ˈsɔltˌbɒks/
noun
1.
a box in which salt is kept.
2.
a type of house found especially in New England, generally two full stories high in front and one story high in back, the roof having about the same pitch in both directions so that the ridge is well toward the front of the house.
Origin of salt-box
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15
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  • Your salt-box must have a close cover, and be kept in a dry place.

  • Beatrice, being on kitchen duty, had access to the salt-box.

  • What payment could he offer, he who could scarcely find the coins to fill his salt-box or to mend his surplice?

    The Waters of Edera Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida
  • A periodical published at Eton many years ago for circulation amongst the boys was called The salt-box.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • A salt-box on the table, into which many fingers had been dipped was brought us; the old woman said we were "lucky to get that."

  • From this we arise to "sparrow-shooting," after the ruse de guerre of the salt-box has been tried without effect.

    Comic Arithmetic Anonymous
  • Near it can also be small tin boxes or glass cans for dried sweet herbs, the salt-box, &c.

  • Then I took down the salt-box that was on the chimney-shelf and mixed handfuls of salt in the porridge left in the pot.

  • He was so small that his mother used to put him on the table to play; and once she found him in the salt-box.

  • Underneath the seat, beside the salt-box, on the right near the wee crock in the left hand corner.

    The Drone

    Rutherford Mayne
Word Origin and History for salt-box
n.

also saltbox, "receptacle for keeping salt for domestic use," 1610s, from salt (n.) + box (n.). As a type of frame house, 1876, so called from resemblance of shape.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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