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A tray, used for handing refreshments or for presenting letters, visiting-cards, etc. French “salve”=tray for presenting food to the king < Spanish “salva”=a sample of food < Latin “salvar”=to make safe.


Old pole-type weapon combining a spear with a battleaxe. French “hallebarde” < Middle High German “helmbarde” < “helm”=handle + “barde”=hatchet.

An outdoor event where there are competitions and refreshments, often a fund raiser. French “fête” < Old French “feste” < Latin “festa”=religious celebration.

Scattered pieces of rubbish or remains of something that’s been destroyed. French “débris” < Old French “debrisier”=to break down < “de-“=down + “brisier”=to break.

A sudden charge against an enemy, often from a place under siege. French “saillie”=outrush, outbreak < Latin “salire”=to jump, leap.

A spear-like weapon with a barbed end used especially for hunting large fish or whales. French “harpe”=dog’s claw < Latin “harpa” < Greek “arpi”=sickle.

A large air-filled box that people go into to work under water e.g. when building bridges. French “caisson”=large chest < “caisse”=case.

A set of basic clothing and other things needed for a new baby. French “layette”=little drawer < Old French “laie”=a drawer.

A piece of fruit, vegetable, or meat that is coated in batter and deep-fried. French “friture” < Latin “frigere”=to fry or roast.

A formal procession of people walking, on horseback, or riding in vehicles. French “cavalcade” < Latin “caballicare”=to ride on horseback < “caballus”=horse.

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