Origin of salina

1690–1700; < SpanishLatin salīnae saltworks


  1. a city in central Kansas. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for salina

Historical Examples of salina

  • She was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, and came to Salina in 1870.

  • I am inclined to think that the river Valchita loses itself in this salina.

    At Home with the Patagonians

    George Chaworth Musters

  • The governor, with his party, had just left the house for Tehuantepec and Salina Cruz.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • With the salt in this the Salina formation there are many beds of gypsum.

    North America

    Israel C. Russell

  • But Salina, who was in her room at the time, averred that she had not been disturbed, even by a sound.

    Cudjo's Cave

    J. T. Trowbridge

British Dictionary definitions for salina


  1. a salt marsh, lake, or spring

Word Origin for salina

C17: from Spanish, from Medieval Latin: salt pit, from Late Latin salīnus saline
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salina 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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