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salt water

water containing a large amount of salt.
Origin of salt water
before 1000; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The parish takes its name from a salt water loch of the same name.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • They are cousins to the mermaids, that swim in the salt water.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • They passed the day mostly on the salt water, and in the evening came inland to feed.

  • Father loved to look at salt water by sunlight or moonlight—or no light.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Here Jacko came on deck buoyant as a ball, and with a coat made more glossy by the chemical action of the salt water.

  • I think it must be in our blood, this being able to keep well and happy on salt water.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There never was one of our breed who did not take to salt water like a young gull.

    Rodney Stone Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A small rivulet of salt water poured from each as he pulled them off.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for salt water

Old English sealtera watera. As an adjective from 1520s. Salt-water taffy attested by 1886; so called because it originally was sold at seashore resorts, especially Atlantic City, N.J. (see taffy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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