Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A hot drink, sometimes used medicinally, made from salep, sassafras, or similar aromatic herbs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An aromatic drink prepared from sassafras bark and other ingredients, once popular in London, England.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An aromatic drink prepared from sassafras bark and other ingredients, at one time much used in London.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A drink prepared from sassafras-bark; sassafras-tea.

Etymologies

Alteration of salep.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • A greasy~looking beverage, foermly sold on stalls at early morning, prepared from a powder made of the root of the Orchis masculu... Charles Lamb, in one of his papers, has left some account of this drinkable which he says was, of all preparations, the most grateful to the stomachs of young chimney~sweeps. The present generation has no knowledge of this drink, excepting that derived from books. The word 'slops' as applied to weak, warm drink, is very likely derived from the Cockney pronunciation of saloop.
    J.C. Hotten, Slang Dictionary, 1887

    February 4, 2009