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  • From the OED: "A mass of salt, or salt mixed with earthy or other matter; esp. a mixture of salt, gravel, old mortar or lime, cummin seed, and stale urine, used to attract pigeons and to keep them at home."

    Homing pigeons, I presume.

    Also used in the plural form in salt production to describe salt that crystallizes around the edge of the pan or beneath the holes in the bottom of the trough in which salt is put to drain.

    January 5, 2008