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  1. a saltworks.
  2. a plot of land laid out in pools for the evaporation of seawater to produce salt.
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Origin of saltern

before 900; Old English sealtærn saltworks (not recorded in ME), equivalent to sealt salt1 + ærn building, house
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British Dictionary definitions for saltern


  1. another word for saltworks
  2. a place where salt is obtained from pools of evaporated sea water
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Word Origin

Old English saltærn, from salt + ærn house. Compare barn 1, ransack
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