One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of forming something into a mass or of piling something up in a heap or heaps; accumulation.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Lodge (1558–1625), author and physician. From classical Latin acervātiōn-, acervātiō action of heaping up or piling together, accumulation from acervāt-, past participial stem of acervāre + -iō.
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