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sāl, salem +‎ -tus (-y, -ed), also as perfect participle of saliō.



salsus (feminine salsa, neuter salsum, adverb salsē); first/second-declension adjective

  1. salty, briny
  2. (figuratively) sharp, witty


salsus (feminine salsa, neuter salsum); first/second-declension participle

  1. perfect participle of saliō (to salt): salted (seasoned with or preserved in salt)


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative salsus salsa salsum salsī salsae salsa
Genitive salsī salsae salsī salsōrum salsārum salsōrum
Dative salsō salsō salsīs
Accusative salsum salsam salsum salsōs salsās salsa
Ablative salsō salsā salsō salsīs
Vocative salse salsa salsum salsī salsae salsa

Derived terms[edit]


  • Asturian: salsa (saline water)
  • Italian: salso
  • Portuguese: salsa (parsley)
  • Spanish: salso
  • Vulgar Latin: *salsa (sauce)
    • Asturian: salsa
    • Catalan: salsa
    • French: sauce (see there for further descendants)
    • Galician: salsa
    • Italian: salsa
    • Occitan: salsa
    • Spanish: salsa (see there for further descendants)


  • salsus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • salsus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • salsus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • salsus in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly