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- 1 (also common salt) a white crystalline substance that gives seawater its characteristic taste and is used for seasoning or preserving food.
- Alternative name: sodium chloride; chemical formula: NaCl. See sea salt
Old English sealt (noun), sealtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zout and German Salz (nouns), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sal, Greek hals 'salt'