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sausage

[saw-sij or, esp. British, sos-ij]
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noun
  1. minced pork, beef, or other meats, often combined, together with various added ingredients and seasonings, usually stuffed into a prepared intestine or other casing and often made in links.
  2. Aeronautics. a sausage-shaped observation balloon, formerly used in warfare.

Origin of sausage

1400–50; late Middle English sausige < dialectal Old French sausiche < Late Latin salsīcia, neuter plural of salsīcius seasoned with salt, derivative of Latin salsus salted. See sauce, -itious
Related formssau·sage·like, adjective
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sausage

noun
  1. finely minced meat, esp pork or beef, mixed with fat, cereal or bread, and seasonings (sausage meat), and packed into a tube-shaped animal intestine or synthetic casing
  2. an object shaped like a sausage
  3. aeronautics informal a captive balloon shaped like a sausage
  4. not a sausage nothing at all
Derived Formssausage-like, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old Norman French saussiche, from Late Latin salsīcia, from Latin salsus salted; see sauce
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Word Origin and History for sausage

n.

mid-15c., sawsyge, from Old North French saussiche (Modern French saucisse), from Vulgar Latin *salsica "sausage," from salsicus "seasoned with salt," from Latin salsus "salted" (see sauce).

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