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sea salt

  1. table salt produced through the evaporation of seawater.
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Origin of sea salt

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Historical Examples of sea-salt

  • Underneath there was an old boat-cloak, whitened with sea-salt on many a harbor-bar.

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • The place was warm and smelled, like the cabin of some fishing-sloop, of sea-salt and tar.

    A Village of Vagabonds

    F. Berkeley Smith

  • A sailor entered, filling the room with a strong odor of sea-salt and fish.

    A Chambermaid's Diary

    Octave Mirbeau

  • This was due to the sea-salt contained in the ashes with which the surface was strewn.

  • That of nitre is a pointed oblong; that of sea-salt an exact cube; that of sugar a perfect globe.

British Dictionary definitions for sea-salt

sea salt

  1. salt obtained by evaporation of sea water
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Word Origin and History for sea-salt


c.1600, from sea + salt (n.).

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sea-salt in Science

sea salt

  1. Salt that is produced by the evaporation of sea water and that contains sodium chloride and trace elements such as sulfur, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, and iron.
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