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 (sĕr-və-lä′, -lät′)
A sausage typically made of ground beef, pork, and various spices and usually salt-cured and smoked.

[Middle French, from Old Italian cervellata, cervellato, from Old Lombard zervelada, from zervel, brain (probably because early recipes for the sausage included pork brains), from Latin cerebellum, diminutive of cerebrum, brain; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈsɜːvəˌlæt; -ˌlɑː)
(Cookery) a smoked sausage made from pork and beef
[C17: via obsolete French from Italian cervellata]
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Traditional Swiss favorites such as the mouthwatering 'fondue', cervelat, fish knusperli, basel brownies and apple tarts were served.
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I have enough to be able to afford a Cervelat (type of sausage) for the next 25 years," he grins his cheeky smile.
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But the unsung proletarian hero of Swiss food is a sausage called Cervelat or colloquially Servela in German Switzerland (Romandie: cervelas).The name of this plain sausage is a linguistic mystery, as in France a cervelas designates a sausage containing pig's brain (= cerveau, Latin cerebellum) which is not the case with its Swiss namesake, made of beef with a mixture of bacon rinds.
If in Zurich's sausage hierarchy the grilled veal sausage (Kalbsbratwurst) ranks at the top, the Cervelat is decidedly in the lowest class.
Since my mother considered Cervelat a vulgar sausage, she often sent me to a butcher in Zurich's centre to buy its more aristocratic cousin, the Schutzenwurst (rifleman's sausage), looking like a rotund bourgeois in comparison with its lean proletarian counterpart.
While Anglo-American people largely ignore the Swiss Cervelat sausage, it attained some popularity with Germans in the form of Schweizer Wurstsalat, consisting of Cervelat slices with onions at a salad dressing.