One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A charge in the form of a chape; a crampet.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Joseph Edmondson (bap. 1732, d. 1786), herald and coach-painter. From French bouterolle metal cover for the point of a sword, tip of a scabbard from boter, buter to push, to hit, to project + -olle, variant of -ole, diminutive suffix.
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