One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A salt obtained by mining, especially rock salt.
2A salt of an inorganic acid.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Pory (bap. 1572, d. ?1636), writer and colonial administrator. From mineral + salt.
mineral salt/ˈmɪn(ə)r(ə)l ˌsɒlt//ˈmɪn(ə)rəl ˌsɒlt//ˈmɪn(ə)rəl ˌsɔːlt/
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