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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old North French
Origin: saussiche, from Late Latin salsicia, from Latin salsus 'salted'

sausage

noun
     
saus‧age S3 [uncountable and countable]
1DF a small tube of skin filled with a mixture of meat, spices etc, eaten hot or cold after it has been cooked:
pork sausages
2

not a sausage!

British English old-fashioned informal nothing at all:
'Have you heard from Tom yet?' 'No, not a sausage!'
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