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[suh-lee-nuh s] /səˈli nəs/
a city in W California.


[suh-lahy-nuh] /səˈlaɪ nə/
a saline marsh, spring, or the like.
a saltworks.
Origin of salina
1690-1700; < SpanishLatin salīnae saltworks


[suh-lahy-nuh] /səˈlaɪ nə/
a city in central Kansas. Unabridged
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  • I whipped up the horses, thinking of the Salinas and its treacherous waters.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • From now on the march is an easy one down the Salinas valley to the sea.

    The March of Portol Zoeth S. Eldredge and E. J. Molera
  • It was in the valley of the Salinas (salt river called Buenaventura in the old maps,) and the haunt of marauding Indians.

    Life of Kit Carson Charles Burdett
  • On the 11th, they ascended the Salinas and began to retrace the route of their coming.

    The March of Portol Zoeth S. Eldredge and E. J. Molera
  • Then Salinas was reached once more, and now we were again on the road to 'Frisco.

  • In 'the country watered by the Salinas and other tributaries of the Gila.'

  • Hence the Cape de Verd salt is constantly imported, and is mixed with that from these Salinas.

  • He also calls them Salinas, salt pits from whence one can draw the salt of discourse.

    Proverb Lore F. Edward Hulme
British Dictionary definitions for Salinas


a salt marsh, lake, or spring
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Medieval Latin: salt pit, from Late Latin salīnussaline
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Salinas in Science
  (sə-lī'nə, -lē'-)   
  1. An area of land encrusted with crystalline salt, especially a salt pan or a salt-encrusted playa.

  2. A body of water, such as a salt marsh, spring, pond, or lake, having a high saline content.

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