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saltern Line breaks: salt|ern
Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːltən/

Definition of saltern in English:


A set of pools in which seawater is left to evaporate to make salt.
Example sentences
  • Encystment is an outstanding feature of the complex life cycle of this crustacean adapted to life in marine salterns and inland hypersaline lakes all over the world.
  • In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries this open area of grassland and scrub was the site of salterns (lagoons for evaporating sea water to produce salt). The salt was supplied in large quantities to the Navy Fleet.


Old English sealtærn 'salt building' (the original use denoting a salt works).

Words that rhyme with saltern

Alton, Dalton, Galton, Walton

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