salt pan



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saltpan

  • Their right, at the termination of the drive, rested on Saltpan Siding.

    Two Years on Trek|Louis Eugne du Moulin

British Dictionary definitions for saltpan


/ (ˈsɔːltˌpæn) /


a shallow basin, usually in a desert region, containing salt, gypsum, etc, that was deposited from an evaporated salt lake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Science definitions for saltpan

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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