The definition of salient is something that is very noticeable, jumps or is prominent.(adjective)
See salient in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L saliens, prp. of salire, to leap < IE base *sel-, to jump > Gr halma, a leap
See salient in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin saliēns, salient-
Origin: , present participle of salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.
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