salep

noun
sa·​lep | \ ˈsa-ləp How to pronounce salep (audio) , sə-ˈlep How to pronounce salep (audio) \

Definition of salep

: the starchy or mucilaginous dried tubers of various Old World orchids (especially genus Orchis) used for food or in medicine

Examples of salep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Turkey, winter is the season of salep. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "For Many U.S. Turks, Salep Is Beloved but Elusive," 4 Feb. 2020 Genuine salep powder might prove tricky to track down outside of Turkey, but glutinous rice flour or other starch can stand in while whipping up a batch. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "Nine Delicious Holiday Drinks From Around the World," 20 Dec. 2019 Turkey Over 100 species of orchid grow in Turkey, and a large portion of those flora can be transformed into the principle ingredient for salep. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "Nine Delicious Holiday Drinks From Around the World," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of salep

1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salep

French or Spanish, both from Arabic dialect saḥlab, perhaps alteration of Arabic (khuṣy al-)thaʽlab, literally, testicles of the fox

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“Salep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salep. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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salep

noun
sa·​lep | \ ˈsal-əp How to pronounce salep (audio) , sə-ˈlep How to pronounce salep (audio) \

Medical Definition of salep

: the starchy or mucilaginous dried tubers of various orchids (genus Orchis or Eulophia) used for food or in medicine

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