[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for saveloy


/ (ˈsævɪˌlɔɪ) /


a smoked sausage made from salted pork, well seasoned and coloured red with saltpetre

Word Origin for saveloy

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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