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salver

[sal-ver] /ˈsæl vər/
noun
1.
a tray, especially one used for serving food or beverages.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Spanish salv(a) kind of tray (orig. protective foretasting, derivative of salvar to save < Latin salvāre) + -er1
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  • They shouted and laughed and stopped for drinks, when a maid brought out two tankards on a salver.
  • However, silver pieces such as the salver pictured here and dating from about that time have survived.
  • Lime softening followed by chemical clarification and filtration will also remove salver.
British Dictionary definitions for salver

salver

/ˈsælvə/
noun
1.
a tray, esp one of silver, on which food, letters, visiting cards, etc, are presented
Word Origin
C17: from French salve, from Spanish salva tray from which the king's taster sampled food, from Latin salvāre to save1

salvor

/ˈsælvə/
noun
1.
a person instrumental in salvaging a vessel or its cargo
Word Origin
C17: from salvage + -or1
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Word Origin and History for salver
n.

1660s, "tray," formed in English on the model of platter, etc., from French salve "tray used for presenting objects to the king" (17c.), from Spanish salva "a testing of food or drink" to test for poison (a procedure known as pre-gustation), hence "tray on which food was placed to show it was safe to eat," from salvar "to save, render safe," from Late Latin salvare (see save (v.)).

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