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salt lick

1. A natural deposit of exposed salt that animals lick.
2. A block of salt, often with added minerals or vitamins, set out for animals such as cattle, horses, sheep, or deer to lick.


1. any compound of a base and an acid.
2. salts, a saline purgative. See also sodium chloride.

bile s's
glycine or taurine conjugates of bile acids, which are formed in the liver and secreted in the bile. They are powerful detergents which break down fat globules, enabling them to be digested.
salt brine
strong solution of common salt used to pickle meat and other human foods. Sodium chloride is the biggest component but large quantities of nitrate are usually present and represent a greater toxicity hazard than does the salt.
buffer salt
a salt in the blood that is able to absorb slight excesses of acid or alkali with little or no change in the hydrogen ion concentration.
common salt
see sodium chloride.
salt gland
nasal gland in birds.
salt hunger
common in circumstances in which animals are derived of any salt; manifested by leather chewing, earth eating, coat licking and urine drinking.
salt lick
1. naturally occurring deposit of salt in the form of a shallow pan that wild and domestic animals can share by licking.
2. a prepared mixture of salt with other minerals added, the composition varying with the local nutritional deficiency but the common additive is one containing phosphorus. The cattle or sheep are encouraged to lick by the taste of the salt and serendipitously acquire the other minerals. May be loose and put out in containers covered against the weather or formed into blocks that resist rain erosion and are fitted into holders fixed to buildings or free-standing in the pasture. See also mineral-salt mixture.
Rochelle salt
potassium sodium tartrate, a cathartic.
salt sick
see copper nutritional deficiency.
smelling s's
aromatic ammonium carbonate, a stimulant and restorative.
salt tolerant
capable of surviving in a high concentration of salt, e.g. some bacteria, including staphylococci.
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Some states have regions where the creation of artificial salt licks is prohibited.
Impacts of wildlife viewing on moose use of a roadside salt lick.
Salt licks are places where animals go to lick the salt found around natural saltwater springs.
Tapirs will sometimes travel more than six miles to a salt lick.
So the finding of the famous salt licks and springs of Kentucky, Indiana and Southern Michigan was one of the greatest factors in making quick and sate the settlement of the Mississippi Valley.
The Utah Canyons, perhaps, or the Utah Salt Licks, or something indigenous.
Mycobacterium Tuberculosis as previously mentioned is liable to occur anywhere in the environment including soil, grass, salt licks and even poorly ventilated farm buildings such as cattle sheds.
The importance of salt licks and other sources of sodium in the ecology of the Ussuri moose, Alces Supplement 2:99-103.
In New Hampshire, moose are viewed commonly along major roadways where salt licks are created by runoff of road salt.
Moose visitation patterns were monitored with trail monitors equipped with cameras placed on trails leading into the study and control salt licks.
The animals visiting the salt licks were counted every 15 minutes in daytime, mainly in spring and summer.