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salep

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noun
  1. a starchy, demulcent drug or foodstuff consisting of the dried tubers of certain orchids.

Origin of salep

1730–40; < Turkish salep < dialectal Arabic saḥlab, perhaps shortened variant of Arabic khusā al-thaʿlab fox's testicles; cf. saloop
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salep

noun
  1. the dried ground starchy tubers of various orchids, used for food and formerly as drugs

Word Origin

C18: via French and Turkish from Arabic sahlab, shortened from khusy ath-tha`lab, literally: fox's testicles, name of an orchid
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Word Origin and History for salep

n.

1736, "drug from starch or jelly made from dried tubers of orchid-like plants," from Turkish salep, from dialectal pronunciation of Arabic thaeleb, which usually is taken to be a shortening of khasyu 'th-thaeleb, literally "fox's testicles" (cf. native English name dogstones).

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