One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A match, spill, etc., used for lighting something.
2Cookery. Chiefly in plural A thin strip cut from a vegetable or other item of food, so as to resemble a matchstick.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Barlow. From Middle French, French allumette match, food cut in the shape of a match from allumer to set light to + -ette.
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