from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A starchy meal ground from the dried roots of various Old World orchids of the genera Orchis and Eulophia, used for food and formerly as medicine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A starch or jelly made out of orchid-like plants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The dried tubers of various species of Orchis, and Eulophia. It is used to make a nutritious beverage by treating the powdered preparation with hot water.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drug consisting of the decorticated and dried tubers of numerous orchidaceous plants, chiefly of the genus Orchis.
French or Spanish, both from Ottoman Turkish sālep, from Arabic saḥlab, a kind of orchid, salep.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Turkish salep, from Arabic سحلب (saḥlab). (Wiktionary)