I was about to ask someone about their usage of a particular hand gesture, which is similar to the way Vulcans use their "Salute" alongside the standard greeting of "Live long, and prosper" when I realized I don't know the "real" name for the "Vulcan Salute".

I'm aware that it is derived from a gesture made during a Jewish Priestly benediction, but I'm wondering if there's an in-universe name for the Vulcans' usage?

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In non-canon land, one single novel names the salute the Ta'al.

(The name is not familiar to me, so within canon I agree with DVK - I recall no name for it in the live-action TV series or movies)

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    I'm not sure if that would be pronounced "tah-ahl" or "tay-ahl"... Any Vulcan speakers around?
    – Izkata
    Jan 3, 2013 at 0:26

According to Memory Alpha - as well as extensive Googling - there doesn't seem to be an in-universe name aside from "Vulcan Salute". It appears that the "Live long and prosper" phrase has more significance than the salute itself.

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    Also, according to same general source, 'Live Long and Prosper' translates to, '"Dif tor heh smusma.'
    – Solemnity
    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:14

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