One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To pull up by the roots; to remove entirely.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Nathan Bailey (d. 1742), lexicographer and schoolmaster. From post-classical Latin aberuncat-, past participial stem of aberuncare to uproot, abolish, variant or alteration of classical Latin averruncāre, probably arising from reinterpretation of the Latin verb as deriving from ab- + ēruncāre.
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