A starchy meal ground from the dried roots of various orchids chiefly of the genus Orchis, used for food and formerly as medicine.
[Turkish salep, sahlep, salep, orchid from which salep is made, from Ottoman Turkish sa'lep, sālep, from Arabic (ḫuṣā al)-ṯa'lab, (testicles of the) fox (from the appearance of the tubers); see ṯʿlb in Semitic roots.]
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