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Originally: of or relating to the Sallentini, a former people of the southern, peninsular part of what is now the Apulia region in south-eastern Italy. Now: of or designating the Salento, this area of Italy. Compare the heel of Italy.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Arthur Golding (d. 1606), translator. From classical Latin Salentīnus, Sallentīnus (adjective) of or relating to the Sallentini, Sallentīnī (plural noun) a people of the heel of Italy; compare -ine.
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