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A flat area, typically lying between a desert and an ocean or salt lake, whose surface is characterized by efflorescences of salt, gypsum, and calcium carbonate as well as windblown sediments and often tidal deposits.

[Arabic sabaḫa, sabḫa, salt marsh, sabkha, sabiḫa, to rest; see šbḫ in Semitic roots.]


(ˈsæbxə; -kə) or




(ˈsæbxət; -kət)
(Geological Science) a flat coastal plain with a salt crust, common in Arabia
[C19: from Arabic]
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