A small dish for holding and dispensing salt.
[Alteration of Middle English salt-saler : salt, salt; see SALT + saler, saltcellar (from Old French saliere, from Medieval Latin salāria, from Latin, feminine of salārius, of salt, from sāl, salt; see sal- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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