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

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

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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