salt pan


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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
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Scientific 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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