Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Somewhat salty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Somewhat salty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat salt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Somewhat salt; tinctured or impregnated with salt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. somewhat salty

Etymologies

salt +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Indeed, I thought that I walked with considerable ease; but it was not long, when I began to feel excessive pain, as my feet, severely torn, were filled with a kind of saltish dust.

    Perils and Captivity Comprising The sufferings of the Picard family after the shipwreck of the Medusa, in the year 1816; Narrative of the captivity of M. de Brisson, in the year 1785; Voyage of Madame Godin along the river of the Amazons, in the year 1770.

  • And when he had ended his verse, the slave-girl came down upon him with blows till he fainted again; and, throwing him a flap of bread and a gugglet of saltish water, went away and left him sad and lonely, bound in chains of iron, with the blood streaming from his sides and far from those he loved.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • About the twenty-first, weight generally in the left side, with pain; slight urine thick, muddy, and reddish; when allowed to stand, had no sediment; in other respects felt lighter; fever not gone; fauces painful from the commencement, and red; uvula retracted; defluxion remained acrid, pungent, and saltish throughout.

    Of The Epidemics

  • The fauces were not very irritable, nor were they troubled with any saltish humors; but there were viscid, white, liquid, frothy, and copious defluxions from the head.

    Of The Epidemics

  • There were two kinds; one grew upon a dark-green bush, and had a tart and saltish taste, the other grew upon a bush of a much lighter colour, the fruit round and plump and much superior to the former; in taste it very much resembled some species of dark grape, only a little more acid.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart

  • Give nothing saltish nor acrid, for they will not be borne; and give no draughts of ptisan until the crisis be past.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • And thus, of articles of food, those which are unsuitable and hurtful to man when administered, every one is either bitter, or intensely so, or saltish or acid, or something else intense and strong, and therefore we are disordered by them in like manner as we are by the secretions in the body.

    On Ancient Medicine

  • And I reckon this very circumstance the strongest proof that it is not from heat simply that men get into the febrile state, neither is it the sole cause of the mischief, but that this species of heat is bitter, and that acid, and the other saltish, and many other varieties; and again there is cold combined with other qualities.

    On Ancient Medicine

  • And in defluxions upon the throat, from which are formed hoarseness, cynanche, crysipelas, and pneumonia, all these have at first saltish, watery, and acrid discharges, and with these the diseases gain strength.

    On Ancient Medicine

  • In one instance there are two springs, and one more saltish than the other.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

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