One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A door jamb or frame, especially one which is carved or decorated; (also occasionally) such a carving or decoration.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Phillips (b. 1630), writer and biographer. From classical Latin antepagmentum (also antipagmentum, in an 8th-cent. epitome of a 2nd-cent. grammarian) facing of a door or window frame from ante- + the stem of pangere to fasten + -mentum.
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