Variant of salve
- any medicinal ointment applied to wounds, skin irritations, burns, etc. for purposes of soothing or healing
- anything that soothes or heals; balm: a salve for one's conscience
Origin: Middle English from Old English sealf, akin to German salbe from Indo-European base an unverified form selp-, fat, butter from source Sanskrit sarpis-, melted butter
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