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[suh-lah-mee] /səˈlɑ mi/
a kind of sausage, originally Italian, often flavored with garlic.
Origin of salami
1850-55; < Italian, plural of salame < Vulgar Latin *salāmen, equivalent to *salā(re) to salt + Latin -men noun suffix; see sal Unabridged
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  • While he was speaking, she drew their luncheon from her ample pockets: hard rye bread and salami, a sausage as hard as the bread.

  • Hams, salami and bunches of herbs hung from the smoky rafters.

    Ragna Anna Miller Costantini
  • She fed him as he drove, slicing cheese and putting it on crackers with bits of olive or pepper or salami.

  • It came like salami, in a tube, and was nothing but congealed blood from animals.

  • There were sandwiches of salami and anchovies, purple and white figs, a fiasco of red wine from Solcio.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
British Dictionary definitions for salami


a highly seasoned type of sausage, usually flavoured with garlic
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, plural of salame, from Vulgar Latin salāre (unattested) to salt, from Latin sal salt
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Word Origin and History for salami

"salted, flavored Italian sausage," 1852, from Italian salami, plural of salame "spiced pork sausage," from Vulgar Latin *salamen, from *salare "to salt," from Latin sal (genitive salis) "salt" (see salt (n.)).

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