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or saltbox

[sawlt-boks] /ˈsɔltˌbɒks/
a box in which salt is kept.
a type of house found especially in New England, generally two full stories high in front and one story high in back, the roof having about the same pitch in both directions so that the ridge is well toward the front of the house.
Origin of salt-box
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Underneath the seat, beside the salt-box, on the right near the wee crock in the left hand corner.

    The Drone Rutherford Mayne
  • Your salt-box must have a close cover, and be kept in a dry place.

  • The poor man's salt-box and flour-bin shall be as free as the nobleman's cellar.

  • Beatrice, being on kitchen duty, had access to the salt-box.

  • A salt-box on the table, into which many fingers had been dipped was brought us; the old woman said we were "lucky to get that."

  • Then I took down the salt-box that was on the chimney-shelf and mixed handfuls of salt in the porridge left in the pot.

  • Near it can also be small tin boxes or glass cans for dried sweet herbs, the salt-box, &c.

  • A periodical published at Eton many years ago for circulation amongst the boys was called The salt-box.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • He was so small that his mother used to put him on the table to play; and once she found him in the salt-box.

  • What payment could he offer, he who could scarcely find the coins to fill his salt-box or to mend his surplice?

    The Waters of Edera Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida
Word Origin and History for salt-box

also saltbox, "receptacle for keeping salt for domestic use," 1610s, from salt (n.) + box (n.). As a type of frame house, 1876, so called from resemblance of shape.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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