One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A fisherman who works in the Grand Banks area off the coast of Newfoundland (now historical).
2An angler who fishes from the bank of a river, lake, etc., rather than from a boat.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in J. Hector St. John De Crèvecoeur (1735–1813), writer on America and farmer.
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