salver

[sal-ver]
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Origin of salver

1655–65; < Spanish salv(a) kind of tray (orig. protective foretasting, derivative of salvar to save < Latin salvāre) + -er1
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salver

noun
  1. a tray, esp one of silver, on which food, letters, visiting cards, etc, are presented

Word Origin for salver

C17: from French salve, from Spanish salva tray from which the king's taster sampled food, from Latin salvāre to save 1
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Word Origin and History for salver
n.

1660s, "tray," formed in English on the model of platter, etc., from French salve "tray used for presenting objects to the king" (17c.), from Spanish salva "a testing of food or drink" to test for poison (a procedure known as pre-gustation), hence "tray on which food was placed to show it was safe to eat," from salvar "to save, render safe," from Late Latin salvare (see save (v.)).

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