1. A ceremonious act of deference or obeisance, especially a low bow performed while placing the right palm on the forehead.
2. A greeting in various Muslim cultures.
Used as a greeting in various Muslim cultures.
tr. & intr.v. sa·laamed, sa·laam·ing, sa·laams
To greet with or perform a salaam.
[Arabic salām, peace, salaam, from salima, to be safe; see šlm in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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