(1 syl.) is the Latin salvia (sage), one of the most
efficient of mediæval remedies.
To other woundes, and to broken armes.
Some hadde salve, and some hadde charmes.
Chaucer: Canterbury Tales, line 2,715.
To flatter, to wheedle. The allusion is to salving a wound.
(2 syl.). Latin “hail,” “welcome.” The word is often woven on
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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