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quacksalver

[kwak-sal-ver]
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noun
  1. a quack doctor.
  2. a charlatan.
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Origin of quacksalver

1570–80; < early Dutch (now kwakzalver); see quack1, salve1, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for quacksalver

quacksalver

noun
  1. an archaic word for quack 2
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Word Origin

C16: from Dutch, from quack, apparently: to hawk + salf salve 1
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Word Origin and History for quacksalver

n.

1570s; see quack (n.1).

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