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salt lick

noun
1.
a place to which animals go to lick naturally occurring salt deposits.
2.
a block of salt or salt preparation provided, as in a pasture, for cattle, horses, etc.
Origin of salt lick
1735-1745
An Americanism dating back to 1735-45
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  • If the salt was in an accessible place there would have been a salt lick there and goats in plenty.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • There must be a salt lick down there, and the deer are feeding.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • It was a fine, plump animal, and lay in the very center of the salt lick.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • This wet place had been salted and was what is called a "salt lick."

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • I certainly saw the hoof-prints down by the salt lick this morning.

    Marching on Niagara Edward Stratemeyer
  • I know there are several nasty pitfalls in the vicinity of the salt lick.

    Marching on Niagara Edward Stratemeyer
  • Teague wanted to camp at a salt lick, but I did not care for the place.

  • On one occasion I was watching a salt lick for deer; I was on a scaffold built up in a tree thirty or forty feet from the ground.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • A salt lick for the woods goats was hopefully tried, although Lake felt dubious about it.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for salt lick

salt lick

noun
1.
a place where wild animals go to lick naturally occurring salt deposits
2.
a block of salt or a salt preparation given to domestic or farm animals to lick
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