Origin: altered < Fr cervelas < MFr cervelat < It cervellata, assoc. with cervello, the brains, used in making it (< L cerebellum: see cerebellum); orig., however, prob. a deer-meat sausage < cervo, stag < L cervus: see cervid
See saveloy in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Alteration of obsolete French cervelat
Origin: , from Italian cervellato
Origin: , ultimately from dialectal zervello, brain
Origin: , from Latin cerebellum
Origin: , diminutive of cerebrum, brain; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.