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salt lick

a place to which animals go to lick naturally occurring salt deposits.
a block of salt or salt preparation provided, as in a pasture, for cattle, horses, etc.
Origin of salt lick
1735-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Fox-fire is occasionally put to a cruel utility by hunters in association with the "salt-lick" for deer.

    Eye Spy William Hamilton Gibson
  • There was that salt-lick we ran across two days ago; why, from the marks, thousands of deer and buffalo must visit it every year.

  • So we trailed the Shawnees, us two, and come up with them one night encamped beside a salt-lick.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • It might be that we are three miles away from the salt-lick; and then again perhaps its still three hours walk.

  • The Wolf could have run alongside, and wed have reached the salt-lick quicker than we seem likely to do at this rate.

  • Im the scout who was to leave word at the salt-lick; and my name is Jasper Williams!

  • On another occasion, when Boone had gone to visit a salt-lick with his brother, the Indians ambushed them and shot the latter.

    Hero Tales From American History Henry Cabot Lodge, and Theodore Roosevelt
  • For instance, a 'salt-lick,' as your sweet Yankees call it—and set up an infirmary for foot and mouth disease.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • The ambush by the salt-lick or water-hole, however, is his favourite method of sport.

  • Along the buffalo paths, from one salt-lick to another, a group of pioneers took a vagrant way through the dense cane-brakes.

    The Story of Old Fort Loudon Charles Egbert Craddock
British Dictionary definitions for salt-lick

salt lick

a place where wild animals go to lick naturally occurring salt deposits
a block of salt or a salt preparation given to domestic or farm animals to lick
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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