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A starchy meal ground from the dried roots of various orchids chiefly of the genus Orchis, used for food and formerly as medicine.

[Turkish salep, sahlep, salep, orchid from which salep is made, from Ottoman Turkish sa'lep, sālep, from Arabic (ḫuṣā al)-ṯa'lab, (testicles of the) fox (from the appearance of the tubers); see ṯʕlb in Semitic roots.]


(Botany) the dried ground starchy tubers of various orchids, used for food and formerly as drugs
[C18: via French and Turkish from Arabic sahlab, shortened from khusy ath-tha'lab, literally: fox's testicles, name of an orchid]


(ˈsæl ɛp)

a starchy, demulcent drug or foodstuff consisting of the dried tubers of certain orchids.
[1730–40; < Turkish salep]
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Sahlep, also known as salep or sahlab, supposedly dates back to the Ottoman period and was a popular drink then, too.
Some made it as far as the dining tables for bowls of sahlab while others simply shifted to the cushions lining the open-air Bedouin tent.
Take the time to stop and chat with the locals as you sip delicious Sahlab (a thick, sweet, fragrant milky drink, usually topped with nuts and cinnamon) and ask these locals about their love for this evocative city.
The agreement's signing was attended by Ambassador Mohamed Rabie, the chairman of the Council of Arab Economic Unity; Osama Khushab, Lebanon's Consul General in Alexandria; Major General Essam Badawi, Secretary General of the Arab Sea Ports Federation; and Mahmoud Sahlab, Chairman of the Board for the Port of Tripoli.
Hamad Al-Duaij presented the donation to the committee's treasurer Ashraf Sahlab upon hosting him at the embassy in Amman this morning.
Along with the extensive Iftar and Sohour, there's also a wide spread of manakiesh, saj, sahlab, tea and other Ramadan drinks and food, along with various shisha flavours.
At the Amman Marriott hotel, there is the lighting of the tree on December 14, in the lobby; glue wine, sahlab and hot chocolate at the Gingerbread house,.