Salve

(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.

Salve.
To flatter, to wheedle. The allusion is to salving a wound.

Salve

(2 syl.). Latin “hail,” “welcome.” The word is often woven on door-mats.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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