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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 488 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SCULLERY, a back-kitchen, the place where dishes, plates, kettles, &c., 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 sculier, whence in English sculler, squiler, &c. 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 0. Fr. escouillon, dish-cloth, cf. Span. escobillon, spring for a gun, ultimately from Lat. scopa, birch tree, scopae, broom of birch twigs.
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