The royal food taster. One who tastes food and drink to make sure it does not contain poison.
From the Latin salvus, which means safe.

The word salver comes from this, and was used to refer to the silver tray on which the food that had been tasted was carried.

Sal"vor (?), n. [See Salvation, Save] Law

One who assists in saving a ship or goods at sea, without being under special obligation to do so.

Wheaton.

 

© Webster 1913.

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