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A quote from Burton's Arabian nights (1885):

The conceit of "Suláfat" (ptisane, grape juice allowed to drain on the slabs) and "Sawálif" (tresses, locks) has been explained. The newest wine is the most inebriating, a fact not much known in England, but familiar to the drinker of "Vino novo."

Is this just an alternative spelling? --Slashme 12:51, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

It seems that all combinations of spelling with or without the 'p' and 'e' were used, although usually with the meaning of something steeped in hot water, so this looks like a slightly different use of the same word. --Qef 18:04, 25 September 2009 (UTC)