common salt

noun
salt1 ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1670–80

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common salt  
See salt.
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common salt

mineral substance of great importance. The mineral form halite, or rock salt, is sometimes called common salt to distinguish it from a class of chemical compounds called salts

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Example sentences
As though thought were common salt in indefinite solution it must enter a new
  phase subject to new laws.
By contrast, inorganic substances such as common salt are well and truly dead.
Ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate and common salt were applied at equal salt
  equivalents to individual tall larkspur plants.
Caprock consists of gypsum and shale, from which common salt has been leached
  by ground water, covered by alluvium.
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