cer·ve·lat (sĕr-və-lä, -lät)
A sausage typically made of ground beef, pork, and various spices and usually salt-cured and smoked.
[Middle French, from Old Italian cervellata, cervellato, from Old Lombard zervelada, from zervel, brain (probably because early recipes for the sausage included pork brains), from Latin cerebellum, diminutive of cerebrum, brain; see ker-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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