the starchy dried tubers of various orchids (esp. genera Orchis and Eulophia), ground up and used as food
Origin of salepFrench ; from Spanish ; from informal Arabic an unverified form sa?lab, altered and amp; contr. ; from khu?a al-tha?lab, fox's testicles: see orchis
A starchy meal ground from the dried roots of various orchids chiefly of the genus Orchis, used for food and formerly as medicine.
Origin of salepTurkish salep, from Arabic sa&hlowdot;lab, orchid from which salep is made, salep, probably alteration of (&hlowbrev;u&slowdot;a al)-&tlowmac;a‘lab, (testicles of the) fox (from the appearance of the tubers); see &tlowmac;&ayin;lb in Semitic roots.