Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • And it's not a nog, but there's the thick, creamy Middle Eastern beverage sahlep aka salep or sahlab, which is made with milk and powdered orchid root.

    CNN.com

  • “It is what the Turkish people call salep, an oil made of the roots and flowers of the early purple orchid.

    Sexy Beast IV

  • On the salep, that's a very generous offer - thanks!

    Recipe for Sea Urchin Risotto (Ριζότο με Αχινό)

  • If you would like some of the salep, I can send it to you.

    Recipe for Sea Urchin Risotto (Ριζότο με Αχινό)

  • The Kahramanmaraş region is known for its distinct ice cream, Maraş dondurması, which contains more salep than usual; it is much tougher and stickier, and may even require a knife and fork to eat.

    Legendary Ice Cream That Does Not Melt

  • However, the popularity of the salep flavor in Turkish ice cream has caused a decline in the populations of the region's wild orchids.

    Legendary Ice Cream That Does Not Melt

  • For this reason it is illegal to ship true salep out of the country.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • The unusual texture is produced by the use of salep (a flour made from dried orchid tubers) and mastic resin as thickening agents, together with other flavorings.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • And ate pudding made from shredded chicken breast very good it was too, and drank salep, a 'warming winter drink made from orchid roots' it sa here.

    We know Major Tom's a junkie

  • Sina well compounded when the moon stands in the proper House; yellow earths I have — arplan from China that makes a man renew his youth and astonish his household; saffron from Kashmir, and the best salep of

    Kim

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