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Multiple Meanings

Please tell us just the salient facts.
the most important points about a thing

There are numerous less-commonly used senses of salient.  All of them can be thought of a derivation of prominent:

military:  the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy

geometry:  (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees

heraldry:  a leaping horse on a coat-of-arms
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