Word Origin & History
1736 (also saloop, 1712) "a starch or jelly made from dried tubers of orchid-like plants, formerly used as a drug," from Turk. salep, from dial. pronunciation of Arabic thaeleb, which usually is taken to be a shortening of khasyu 'th-thaeleb, lit. "fox's testicles" (cf. native Eng. name dogstones).