Thursday, 17 October 2013

Entry: salaam (n.)

In context:  "DeLint made the small salaam of iteration."

Definition: (I'm not sure if DFW just really wanted to use the word, or if I'm a little light in the head today.)

Respectful compliments.


The Oriental salutation (as)salām (ʿalaikum), Peace (be upon you). Hence applied to a ceremonious obeisance with which this salutation is accompanied, consisting (in India) of a low bowing of the head and body with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead.

Other: Etymology:  < Arabic salām (hence in Persian and Urdu) = Hebrew shālōm peace.

SNOOT score:  1
Page: 679

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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