scullion [skul′yən]
[LME sculyon < OFr escouillon, mop, cloth < escouve, broom < L scopa, broom, lit., twig, akin to scapus: see SHAFT]
Archaic a servant doing the rough, dirty work in a kitchen

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  • scullion — /skul yeuhn/, n. 1. a kitchen servant who does menial work. 2. a low or contemptible person. [1475 85; perh. < MF escouvillon dishcloth, equiv. to escouve broom ( < L scopa) + illon dim. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

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