saltbox

salt-box

[sawlt-boks]
noun
1.
a box in which salt is kept.
2.
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.
Also, saltbox.


Origin:
1605–15

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saltbox (ˈsɔːltˌbɒks)
 
n
1.  a box for salt with a sloping lid
2.  (US) a house that has two storeys in front and one storey at the back, with a gable roof that extends downwards over the rear

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saltbox
"receptacle for keeping salt for domestic use," 1611, from salt (n.) + box (n.). As a type of frame house, 1876, so called from resemblance of shape.
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