quacksalver

[ kwak-sal-ver ]
/ ˈkwækˌsæl vər /

noun

a quack doctor.
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
/ (ˈkwækˌsælvə) /

noun

an archaic word for quack 2

Word Origin for quacksalver

C16: from Dutch, from quack, apparently: to hawk + salf salve 1
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