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.

Nearby words

  1. salt mine,
  2. salt of the earth,
  3. salt of the earth, the,
  4. salt of the earth, ye are the,
  5. salt out,
  6. salt pit,
  7. salt pork,
  8. salt river,
  9. salt shake,
  10. salt shaker

Origin of salt pan

First recorded in 1485–95

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Science definitions for salt pan

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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