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salt lick

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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.
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Origin of salt lick

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for salt lick

Historical Examples

  • There was that salt-lick we ran across two days ago; why, from the marks, thousands of deer and buffalo must visit it every year.

    The Pioneer Boys of the Ohio

    Harrison Adams

  • The Wolf could have run alongside, and wed have reached the salt-lick quicker than we seem likely to do at this rate.

  • It might be that we are three miles away from the salt-lick; and then again perhaps its still three hours walk.

  • Im the scout who was to leave word at the salt-lick; and my name is Jasper Williams!

  • So we trailed the Shawnees, us two, and come up with them one night encamped beside a salt-lick.


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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