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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: salva, from French salve, from Latin, a greeting, from salvere 'to be healthy', from salvus; SAFE1

salvo

noun
     
sal‧vo plural salvos or salvoes [countable usually singular] formal
1 [+ of]PM when several guns are fired during a battle or as part of a ceremony
2

opening salvo

the first in a series of questions, statements etc that you use to try to win an argument:
Congressman Saunders fired the opening salvo during a heated debate on capital punishment.
3 sudden laughter, applause etc from many people at the same time
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