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 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.
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