1860–65, Americanism; < Dutch sla, short for salade salad Unabridged
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slaw (slɔː)
chiefly (US), (Canadian) short for coleslaw
[C19: from Dutch sla, short for saladesalad]

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Word Origin & History

"sliced cabbage," 1794, from Du. sla, short for salade, from Fr. salade (see salad).
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Example sentences
Do you all think the slaw would be better or broccoli salad would be perfectly
Add a little rice to fill out the meal, or pile the pork and slaw on tortillas
  for a scrumptious south-of-the-border dinner.
Sides include fries, homemade potato salad, cole slaw and beans.
Barbecued meats are available as sandwiches with a soft roll and pickles or as
  a platter with cole slaw and fries.
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