One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The intention or (especially of an animal) natural inclination to return to a place.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Fynes Moryson (?1566–1630), traveller and writer. From post-classical Latin animus revertendi, alteration of classical Latin revertendi animus disposition of returning (2nd cent. a.d. in legal context) from revertendī, genitive of gerund of revertere + animus.
animus revertendi/ˌanɪməs ˌrɛvəˈtɛndi//ˌanɪməs ˌriːvəˈtɛndʌɪ/
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