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[sav-uh-loi] /ˈsæv əˌlɔɪ/
noun, Chiefly British.
a highly seasoned, dried sausage.
Origin of saveloy
1830-40; probably < French cervelas, Middle French cervelat < Italian cervellato Milanese sausage, orig. containing pig's brains, equivalent to cervell(o) brain (see cerebellum) + -ato -ate1 Unabridged
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a smoked sausage made from salted pork, well seasoned and coloured red with saltpetre
Word Origin
C19: probably via French from Italian cervellato, from cervello brain, from Latin cerebellum, diminutive of cerebrum brain
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Word Origin and History for saveloy

1837, corruption of French cervelas, from Italian cervellata, from cervello "brain," from Latin cerebrum (see cerebral). So called because it originally was made of pigs' brains.

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