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[sal-uh-mis; Greek sah-lah-mees] /ˈsæl ə mɪs; Greek ˌsɑ lɑˈmis/
an island off the SE coast of Greece, W of Athens, in the Gulf of Aegina: Greeks defeated Persians in a naval battle 480 b.c. 39 sq. mi. (101 sq. km).
an ancient city on Cyprus, in the E Mediterranean: the apostle Paul made his first missionary journey to Salamis. Acts 13:5.
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[sal-uh-min-ee-uh n] /ˌsæl əˈmɪn i ən/ (Show IPA),


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Since he went to Salamis in search of you, I have not seen him until late this evening.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • At midnight, Pericles came, to accompany Anaxagoras to Salamis.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Then I went, and on the third day I came to the great city of Salamis, that is also on the sea.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • He was informed that the inhabitants were either at Salamis or with the fleet.

  • The flight of the Athenians to Salamis had not been a willing resort.

  • All now agreed that the fate of Greece was to be decided in the waters of Salamis.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • The Isthmus of Corinth was west of Salamis, some fifteen miles, across the bay.

    Xerxes Jacob Abbott
  • He therefore urged the expediency of remaining at Salamis on other grounds.

    Xerxes Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for Salamis


an island in the Saronic Gulf, Greece: scene of the naval battle in 480 bc, in which the Greeks defeated the Persians. Pop (municipality): 28 423 (2001). Area: 95 sq km (37 sq miles) Modern Greek name Salamina (salaˈmiːna)


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 Salamis



"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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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