Origin of slaw

1860–65, Americanism; < Dutch sla, short for salade salad Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. mainly US and Canadian short for coleslaw

Word Origin for slaw

C19: from Dutch sla, short for salade salad
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Word Origin and History for slaw

"sliced cabbage," 1794, from Dutch sla, short for salade, from French salade (see salad).

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