One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to Aleppo, a city in northern Syria, or its inhabitants.
1North American historical, rare Originally North American. Also with lower-case initial. A fine fabric woven from a mixture of wool and silk or mohair and cotton. Frequently as a count noun: a piece or type of this fabric. Now rare (chiefly historical).
2A native or inhabitant of Aleppo.
Late 16th century. From Aleppo, the name of a city in northern Syria + -ine.
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