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scullion (SKUL-yen) noun

1. A kitchen servant who does menial work.
2. A low or contemptible person.

[Middle English sculyon, probably from Old French escouvillon, dishcloth, diminutive of escouve, broom, from Latin scopa, branches, broom.]

"The old cook enraged,
The scullion gone wild."
W.B. Yeats; The Wild Swans at Coole; 1919.

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