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Salt, v.1 [ME and e.m.E. salt(e (Cursor M.), OE sealtan, ON salta; Salt n.1] tr. a. To preserve with salt. b. To sprinkle with salt.a. 1375 Barb. xviii 168.
Thai strak hys hed of & syn it Thai have gert salt [C. saltit] in-till a kyt And send it in-till Ingland
14.. Acts I 335/2.
Thai hous fische and saltis in contrare the kingis lawis
1513 Treas. Acc. IV 497.
Of fresche martis … for ij puncionis to salt thaim in
1519 Edinb. B. Rec. I 193.
Or salt or peill the samin [sc. fish]
1546 Lynd. Trag. Card. 266.
Thay saltit me, syne [etc.]
1548–9 Treas. Acc. IX 291. 1549 Aberd. B. Rec. I 267. a1578 Pitsc. II 84/8. 1580 Crail B. Ct. MS 20 Aug.
All persones vnfremen quha hes maid saltit and pakit ony herring [etc.]
1597 Household Bks. Jas. VI and Anne 28 Feb.
And for ane puncheon to salt hering in
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 345.b. a1561 Norvell Meroure 37b.
God gaue command, To all Israell, that they should neuer tyre, To salt all sacrifice, and all offrand

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