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salutation /ˌsæljʊˈteɪʃən/ n
  1. an act, phrase, gesture, etc, that serves as a greeting
  2. a form of words used as an opening to a speech or letter, such as Dear Sir or Ladies and Gentlemen
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin salūtātiō, from salūtāre to greet; see salute

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