Definition of salt pan in US English:

salt pan


  • A shallow container or depression in the ground in which salt water evaporates to leave a deposit of salt.

    • ‘The same facilities have also been used to load salt from the solar salt pans at Price, about ten kilometres north of Ardrossan.’
    • ‘The salt pans on which his wealth was based are now overgrown with thorny scrub; the channel that once linked lagoon to ocean choked by prickly pear and cactus.’
    • ‘The lagoon was ideal for salt pans - shallow basins that could be opened to allow in the tide, then closed so the water could evaporate.’
    • ‘The surface of Central Australia's Stuart Highway may be ribbon-smooth, but to each side of it are ancient red sand ridges and ochre salt pans.’
    • ‘The residents of Salt Island were right at the bottom of the social pile, subsistence fishing and working the salt pans while living barely out of slavery.’


salt pan

/ˈsôlt ˌpan//ˈsɔlt ˌpæn/