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Scullery

SCULLERY, a back-kitchen, the place where dishes, plates, kettles, etc., are washed and cleaned, and the rough work connected with the domestic service of a house is performed.' The Med.

Lat. scutellarius, keeper of dishes and plates (scutella), became in O. Fr. escueillier or sexier, whence in English sculler, squiler, etc. A " sergeaunt-squylloure " is found amongst the officials of the royal household; and the Promptorium parvulorum, dating about 1400, glosses lixa, a sutler or camp-cook, by " squyllare, dysche-wescheare." " Scullion," a kitchen- wench, has been naturally connected with scullery, but is derived from O. Fr. escouillon, dish-cloth, cf. Span, escobillon, spring for a gun, ultimately from Lat. scopa, birch tree, scopae, broom of birch twigs.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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