salt pan

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noun

an undrained natural depression, as a crater or tectonic basin, in which the evaporation of water leaves a deposit of salt.

Origin of salt pan

First recorded in 1485–95
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salt pan

A small, undrained, shallow depression in which water accumulates, evaporates, and deposits salt.
A small lake of brackish water occupying such a depression.
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