Middle English Dictionary Entry

salt adj.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Salty; containing salt; also fig.; (b) ~ se (flod, flum, fom, swot), ~ strem(es, stremes ~, water ~, the sea; (c) ~ erthe (pasture, sondes), salty earth, etc.; ~ strond(es, ?the waters of a tidal estuary; ?the waters of a river which flows directly into the sea; (d) ~ fleume, salt phlegm; also, a skin ailment [cp. saucefleume n.(a)]; ~ humour, salty fluid, salt phlegm; ~ swot, salty sweat; ~ teres, teres ~, salt tears; (e) dirty; -- mistransl. of F sale; (f) in surname & place names [see Smith PNElem.2.96-7].
(a) Treated or preserved with salt, salted; (b) ~ fish (ele, samoun, etc.), salted fish, etc.; also, salt-water fish [1st quot.]; hering ~; (c) ~ metes (thinges), salted meats or other food [some quots. may belong in 1.(a)].

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Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(d)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. salt humour.