salt horse


noun Nautical Slang.

salted beef; salt junk.

Origin of salt horse

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for salt horse

Historical Examples of salt horse

  • Yes, they are all departed, and there is nothing left us but salt-horse and sea-biscuit.


    Herman Melville

  • Of food, we had a fairly plentiful supply of "salt-horse," that was something more than high—it was putrid.

  • One must always flatter the pea-soup, and the salt-horse, and particularly the bread-pudding, if one expects any consideration.

    The Flying Bo'sun

    Arthur Mason

  • Every man's hunger seemed to increase tenfold, so that even the odor of boiling "salt-horse" from the galley did not trouble us.

  • They worked at the rope-tarring till suppertime, then rose wearily, stretching, and went for their salt-horse and biscuit.

    The Black Buccaneer

    Stephen W. Meader