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 Salutations.Salve (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Salve (1 syl.)
 
is the Latin sal’via (sage), one of the most efficient of mediæval remedies.   1
       
“To other woundes, and to broken armes,
Some hadde salve, and some hadde charmes.”
       
Chaucer: Canterbury Tales, line 2, 715.
   Salve. To flatter, to wheedle. The allusion is to salving a wound.   2
 


 Salutations.Salve (2 syl.). 

 
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