woolly bear
Salt Salt, a. [Compar. {Salter}; superl. {Saltest}.] [AS. sealt, salt. See {Salt}, n.] 1. Of or relating to salt; abounding in, or containing, salt; prepared or preserved with, or tasting of, salt; salted; as, salt beef; salt water. ``Salt tears.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Overflowed with, or growing in, salt water; as, a salt marsh; salt grass. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: Bitter; sharp; pungent. [1913 Webster]

I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: Salacious; lecherous; lustful. --Shak. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

{Salt acid} (Chem.), hydrochloric acid.

{Salt block}, an apparatus for evaporating brine; a salt factory. --Knight.

{Salt bottom}, a flat piece of ground covered with saline efflorescences. [Western U.S.] --Bartlett.

{Salt cake} (Chem.), the white caked mass, consisting of sodium sulphate, which is obtained as the product of the first stage in the manufacture of soda, according to Leblanc's process.

{Salt fish}. (a) Salted fish, especially cod, haddock, and similar fishes that have been salted and dried for food. (b) A marine fish.

{Salt garden}, an arrangement for the natural evaporation of sea water for the production of salt, employing large shallow basins excavated near the seashore.

{Salt gauge}, an instrument used to test the strength of brine; a salimeter.

{Salt horse}, salted beef. [Slang]

{Salt junk}, hard salt beef for use at sea. [Slang]

{Salt lick}. See {Lick}, n.

{Salt marsh}, grass land subject to the overflow of salt water.

{Salt-marsh caterpillar} (Zo["o]l.), an American bombycid moth ({Spilosoma acr[ae]a} which is very destructive to the salt-marsh grasses and to other crops. Called also {woolly bear}. See Illust. under {Moth}, {Pupa}, and {Woolly bear}, under {Woolly}.

{Salt-marsh fleabane} (Bot.), a strong-scented composite herb ({Pluchea camphorata}) with rayless purplish heads, growing in salt marshes.

{Salt-marsh hen} (Zo["o]l.), the clapper rail. See under {Rail}.

{Salt-marsh terrapin} (Zo["o]l.), the diamond-back.

{Salt mine}, a mine where rock salt is obtained.

{Salt pan}. (a) A large pan used for making salt by evaporation; also, a shallow basin in the ground where salt water is evaporated by the heat of the sun. (b) pl. Salt works.

{Salt pit}, a pit where salt is obtained or made.

{Salt rising}, a kind of yeast in which common salt is a principal ingredient. [U.S.]

{Salt raker}, one who collects salt in natural salt ponds, or inclosures from the sea.

{Salt sedative} (Chem.), boracic acid. [Obs.]

{Salt spring}, a spring of salt water.

{Salt tree} (Bot.), a small leguminous tree ({Halimodendron argenteum}) growing in the salt plains of the Caspian region and in Siberia.

{Salt water}, water impregnated with salt, as that of the ocean and of certain seas and lakes; sometimes, also, tears. [1913 Webster]

Mine eyes are full of tears, I can not see; And yet salt water blinds them not so much But they can see a sort of traitors here. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Salt-water sailor}, an ocean mariner.

{Salt-water tailor}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Bluefish}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Woolly bear — Woolly Wool ly, a. 1. Consisting of wool; as, a woolly covering; a woolly fleece. [1913 Webster] 2. Resembling wool; of the nature of wool. My fleece of woolly hair. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Clothed with wool. Woolly breeders. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • woolly bear — n. see TIGER MOTH …   English World dictionary

  • woolly bear — noun caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat of woolly hairs; feed on plants and some are destructive pests • Syn: ↑woolly bear caterpillar • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Hyponyms: ↑woolly bear moth …   Useful english dictionary

  • woolly bear — the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs. [1835 45] * * * or wooly bear Caterpillar of a tiger moth. The larva of the Isabella tiger moth (Isia isabella), known as the banded woolly bear, is… …   Universalium

  • woolly bear — wool′ly bear n. ent the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • woolly bear — noun The larva of a moth of the family Arctiidae. Syn: woolly worm …   Wiktionary

  • woolly bear — /wʊli ˈbɛə/ (say woolee bair) noun Colloquial the caterpillar of any of various moths, as tiger moths, covered with a dense coat of woolly hairs …   Australian English dictionary

  • woolly bear — noun Date: circa 1841 any of various rather large very hairy moth caterpillars; especially one of a tiger moth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • woolly bear — noun 1》 a large hairy caterpillar, especially that of a tiger moth. 2》 the small hairy larva of a carpet beetle or museum beetle …   English new terms dictionary

  • woolly bear caterpillar — noun caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat of woolly hairs; feed on plants and some are destructive pests • Syn: ↑woolly bear • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Hyponyms: ↑woolly bear moth * * * noun see …   Useful english dictionary

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