salt lick



a place to which animals go to lick naturally occurring salt deposits.
a block of salt or salt preparation provided, as in a pasture, for cattle, horses, etc.

Origin of salt lick

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for salt lick

Historical Examples of salt lick

  • 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 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


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