Scullery
Scullery Scul"ler*y (sk[u^]l"l[~e]r*[y^]), n.; pl. {Sculleries} (sk[u^]l"l[~e]r*[i^]z). [Probably originally, a place for washing dishes, and for swillery, fr. OE. swilen to wash, AS. swilian (see {Swill} to wash, to drink), but influenced either by Icel. skola, skyla, Dan. skylle, or by OF. escuelier a place for keeping dishes, fr. escuele a dish, F. ['e]cuelle, fr. L. scutella a salver, waiter (cf. {Scuttle} a basket); or perhaps the English word is immediately from the OF. escuelier; cf. OE. squyllare a dishwasher.] 1. A place where dishes, kettles, and culinary utensils, are cleaned and kept; also, a room attached to the kitchen, where the coarse work is done; a back kitchen. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, refuse; filth; offal. [Obs.] --Gauden. [1913 Webster]


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  • scullery — [[t]skʌ̱ləri[/t]] sculleries N COUNT A scullery is a small room next to a kitchen where washing and other household tasks are done. [BRIT, OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

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