silt

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun soft mud which settles at the bottom of water
  • noun particles of fine quartz with a diameter of 0.002 – 0.06 mm

Construction

Origin & History of “silt”

The likelihood is that silt originally referred to the mud in salt flats by river estuaries, and that it is etymologically related to salt. It was probably borrowed from a Scandinavian word – Danish and Norwegian have the apparently related sylt ‘salt marsh’.
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